Skoda cites limited sales of the Fabia vRS as the primary reason for its demise
The new Skoda Octavia vRS packs a 217bhp 2.0-litre engine; it's capable of 0-62mph in 6.8sec
Additional models will get the aesthetics-only Monte Carlo pack that's currently exclusive to the Skoda Fabia hatch and estate.
Dr Frank Welsch, Skoda board member for technical development, made the revelation at the Frankfurt motor show. "A lot of people think the Fabia vRS is a great car, but we cannot work on cars that everyone likes but only a few people buy.
"But people don't only like the Fabia vRS's 178bhp engine - they also like the sporty look: a sporty interior and sporty exterior. We have had good success with our Monte Carlo Fabias. They have a special, elegant and sporty look."
Skoda's existing Fabia Monte Carlo package consists of gloss black exterior touches including the roof, door mirror surrounds and wheel arch mouldings, smoked headlights and black 17in alloys. Only available with certain drivetrains at present, it costs £1145 more than the SE trim on which it is based for the Skoda Fabia estate, or £1520 for the hatch.
The trim level could join the more overt Sport trim on the Citigo city car, and the Rapid is likely to benefit from both of those trim levels, too. The facelifted Yeti is also expected to add the Monte Carlo pack, but not for the more rugged new Outdoor variant.
Meanwhile, Skoda design chief Jozef Kaban doused any hopes for a Skoda sports car, citing discrepancies between any such model and the brand's direction.