Skoda has released the first image of a rally-bred concept version of its Skoda Citigo city car ahead of the Worthersee tuning festival in Austria.

The Skoda Citigo Rally gets a whole host of exterior styling changes over the more humble base car, including a new front-end with a large air intake, wide spoiler and a new bumper. The bonnet is also new, and there’s a central roof-mounted air intake, too.

The concept rides on 18in alloys with low-profile rally tyres that are housed inside wide, flared wheel arches. Wide side skirts also feature, while at the rear, which has not been pictured at this stage, there is said to be a central exhaust and a rear wing that actually produces downforce.

Skoda has not confirmed the engine of the Citigo Rally, but has said "it takes its dynamics" from other Skoda rally cars including the Fabia S2000 that is used in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and Super 2000 category of the World Rally Championship.

Other Skoda exhibits at the Volkswagen Group-organised Worthersee festival, which starts tomorrow, include a Skoda Citigo DJ Car, which gets a 100,000-watt stereo system housed in the rear of the car that widens from the B-pillars backwards.