The Skoda Vision RS concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Paris motor show this week, giving a glimpse at upcoming design elements for new RS performance models along with a next-generation compact hatchback.
Squint and imagine the car with a more comfortable wheel/tyre combination, a toned down bumper design, proper door handles, framed windows, and larger wing mirrors, and the Vision RS looks suspiciously like a production car.
We already know the car measures 4356mm long, 1810mm wide, 1431mm tall, and rides on a 2650mm wheelbase, meaning the Vision RS likely previews the next-generation Rapid.
If so, the new car will be a far more attractive proposition, at least in terms of looks, than today's rather utilitarian model. The new Rapid will reportedly be based on the cheaper-to-produce MQB-A0, which is used by the Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza.
The concept car is fitted with many parts which fit with the RS performance sub-brand, including 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and spoiler, along with sports seats featuring floating backrests.
Concept-only features include illuminated crystal logos and interior trim, and an illuminated grille. Interestingly the company has opted for Skoda script on the tailgate and steering wheel rather than its arrowhead logo.
The Vision RS is said to use a 180kW plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which mates a 110kW turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 75kW electric motor, a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Skoda claims the car can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds, and hit a top speed of 210km/h. It can also travel 70km solely on electric power, and has a claimed fuel economy rating of 1.4L/100km.