Well, finally I came up against one tonight. I was getting ready for a close encounter, as people with Williams/16v Clios have posted about being beaten by them. To be honest, it wasnt actually as quick as I expected - especially off the mark. Definitely was a real one - I should know: my dads company car is one!
It was the perfect conditions for me though - warmed up Yokos, in the dry, with cold evening air and smooth roads. Really gave it some off the lights and controlled all wheelspin to get the instant advantage.
Curiously, the Octavia RS is not 4WD - whereas some of the lesser 1.8 Turbo (150bhp) variants are. I guess theyre more "country" than performance orientated anyway. If the RS had 4WD then it would have had me on the standing starts.