Skoda considering new Fabia RS for Australia
Could the small Skoda Fabia RS come to Australia to assist|
the brand broaden its appeal by attracting younger buyers?
Here we see the Skoda Fabia RS hatch at the Geneva Motor
4th March, 2010
- New sports version of the Fabia
- World premiere for Fabia RS Estate
- Unique engine: 1.4 TSI
Skoda Auto is presenting the new Fabia RS hatch and estate at the Geneva Motor Show, where it will
join the sports-tuned Octavia RS. Both Fabia RS versions are indeed impressive: for the first time
ever, Skoda Auto is using a double-supercharged, four cylinder petrol engine providing 132 kW (180 bhp)
in an engine of just 1.4 litres.
A sophisticated compressor-and-turbo combination increases the engine power smoothly and
harmonically, and the maximum speed of 140 mph (141 mph in the estate version) and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
acceleration in just 7.3 seconds in both versions mean a sporty driving experience. With fuel
consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg), the Fabia RS offers high power and maximum fuel efficiency as
well as excellent environmental parameters.
Both versions boast an attractively designed front bumper and integrated fog lamps with integrated
LED lights that can be fitted with cornering lights as an option. The vehicle's unique position in the
Fabia range is underlined by 17" light weight alloy Gigaro wheels developed specially for the vRS, red
brake callipers, tinted windows, a new rear bumper with a diffuser and dual exhaust. Depending on the
colour of the body, the roof, roof spoiler and wheels for the Fabia RS hatchback will be available in
a choice of black, white or silver.
The vehicle's sports-tuned chassis - with ESP, ABS and ASR - is designed for powerful dynamic and
safe driving performance. To enhance the driving experience, the new XDS electronic differential
improves the car’s cornering ability. It brakes the inside front wheel electronically to increase the
torque on the outside front wheel. Accelerating through corners, the resulting torque gives the vRS
impressive agility. A tyre pressure monitor (TMP) and uphill start assistant are standard, providing
greater comfort and safety.
Both the Fabia RS hatch and estate are fitted with height-adjustable sports seats with RS logos on
the backrests. A height- and reach-adjustable, three-spoke leather-wrapped sports steering wheel has
paddles for manual control of the seven-speed DSG gearbox. The purity of the interior design is
underlined by an Onyx-shaded dashboard and stainless steel pedals with an anti-slip surface.
In connection with the new design of the Fabia RS, Škoda has also adapted the design of its rally
car, the Fabia Super 2000. Under new FIA regulations for the Super 2000 category, the vehicle has been
widened to 1,820 mm. To improve the performance of the Fabia Super 2000 rally car, Škoda has also
adapted the engine's air intake and exhaust system.
The new Skoda Fabia RS is under consideration for an Australian release. If a decision is made to
bring the car to local shores then it will be named Fabia RS, to match the sporty version of the mid-size
Octavia, which is known as RS.
UK specifications are quoted in this news article. Please note that Skoda RS models are known as vRS
in some markets.