Škoda is a brand which has struggled to gain momentum in Australia, be it their quirky designs or just a case of bad timing, Australian sales have been slowly building over the last few years. Nonetheless Skoda as a brand has gone from strength to strength worldwide under the Volkswagen umbrella.
The latest in the range is the Skoda Fabia RS and Skoda Fabia Wagon RS. Both variants are powered by the Volkswagen developed 1.4-litre twin-charged engine curently found in the new Volkswagen Polo GTi and Golf GT.
The Skoda Fabia RS and Wagon RS will be the first in the Skoda range to make use of the 132 kW super & turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine. This will mean a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds and a top-speed of 224 hm/h (wagon 226 km/h). It does all of this whilst using just 6.4 l/100 km of fuel.
Noticing the Skoda Fabia RS won’t be too hard thanks to a rather unique front bumper design and integrated fog lamps. If you’re keen Skoda can fit a cornering system to the fog lamps which will mean they will turn on to aid cornering. Another option is the Volkswagen groups daytime running LED lamps.
The Skoda Fabia RS will ride on all-new 17″ lightweight alloy Gigaro wheels specially made for the Fabia RS. Under the wheels are red-painted brake callipers to emphasis the cars sporty nature. Additional unique features including tinted windows, a new rear bumper with a diffuser and a double exhaust tip.
In addition to the finely tuned sports suspension the RS also comes with ESP, ABS and ASR as well as the new XDS electronic limit slip differential system which can electronically brake the inside front wheel when more torque is required on the outside front wheel.
Moving inside, leather gearshift, onyx-coloured dashboard and handbrake height-adjustable sports seats with RS logos on the backrests are standard for both RS model variants.
To top it all a beautifully crafted three-spoke leather-clad sports steering wheel is available with an optional multifunctional version with gear change paddles for when the need for some manual shifting becomes too hard to resist.
All Skoda Fabia RS models will be available standard with Volkswagen’s seven-speed automatic DSG transmission.
So far Skoda Australia, which is managed by Volkswagen Australia, has not confirmed the Skoda Fabia RS, but says it is currently considering the models for local launch in order to broaden its model range.
We feel the Skoda Fabia RS will give Skoda much more appeal to the younger demographic of which it seems to currently lack.