Skoda has introduced a new sporty version of its smallest car. Called the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo, the car is set to go on sale internationally after its debut at the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship next month.
Featuring a number of racy aspects such as black detailing on the roof, wing mirrors, wheel arches and front grille, the Fabia Monte Carlo will enter the market as an exclusive little sports package. There's also darken lenses fitted to the headlights and shadow-finish 16-inch Comet wheels.
The Fabia Monte Carlo will be available with a number of engine packages, five petrol variants and two diesel options. Outright performance is not this car's main characteristic though, it's more of a special edition offering exclusivity, tasteful cosmetic enhancements and sports suspension for improved handling.
There's just as much detail attended to the interior as well, with perforated leather, sports seats and an optional black and red trimming package. A Skoda report recently released talked about the car and how it was influenced thanks to the Skoda Fabia's F2000 WRC success. It said,
"The sports-tuned Fabia Monte Carlo will make its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally where the brand’s current rally car, the Fabia S2000, has made remarkable achievements: fourth place in its category in 2009 when making its very first appearance at this event and second, third and fifth places in 2010."
The Skoda Fabia is not available in Australia, with the mid-sized Octavia currently the brand's entry-level offering. The quirky Skoda Yeti is expected to join the local range in 2011.