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VW's koda Auto, this week, released photos of its updated, rally-bred Octavia RS ahead of its debut at September's Frankfurt motor show. Long a favorite among European petrolheads for its performance value, the new model picks up the new, 197hp 2.0 FSI direct injection engine (with BorgWarner turbo) found in the VW GTI and Passat and Audis A3 and A4 (leaving Audi's erstwhile 180hp 1.8-liter turbo four to the ghosts of rpms past). The new powerplant improves acceleration (62 mph in 7.3 seconds, compared to 7.9 on the previous sedan) and top speed (149 mph vs. 146mph).

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