Skoda Fabia RS facing the axe: report

The current generation Skoda Fabia RS will be the last according to a UK report, with a senior board member confirming the demise of the sports variant for the next-generation city car due next year.
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Speaking with Autocar, Skoda board member for technical development Frank Welsch said, "A lot of people think the Fabia vRS (as it is badged in the UK) is a great car, but we cannot work on cars that everyone likes but only a few people buy".

The move would leave the Czech brand with only one RS model in its range, that being the mid-sized Octavia RS.

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While bad news for supporters of the full-tilt 132kW/250Nm twin-charged 1.4-litre four-cylinder Fabia RS, Welsch made clear that the 77kW/175Nm Fabia Monte Carlo – an solely aesthetically tricked-up variant of the standard Fabia – would remain in the line-up.

"People don't only like the Fabia vRS's engine, they also like the sporty look: a sporty interior and sporty exterior,” Welsch said.

“We have had good success with our Monte Carlo Fabias. They have a special, elegant and sporty look."

Locally, the $27,990 Skoda Fabia RS, which features a dual exhaust, sports suspension, 17-inch wheels, red RS brake callipers and a 129mm ground clearance, is $3700 dearer than its Monte Carlo sibling (pictured below) with its turbocharged 1.2-litre unit and 16-inch wheels.

The Fabia RS's twin, the Volkswagen Polo GTI, starts at $27,790 in three-door guise and $29,190 with five doors.

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