Next vRS will come as an estate too
2 March 2010

Skoda’s hot Fabia vRS, revealed at the Geneva motor show, will get 178bhp and more aggressive styling than its predecessor when it arrives in the UK later this year.

Borrowed from the Seat Ibiza Cupra, the 1.4-litre ‘Twincharger’ unit propels the car to 60mph in 7.3sec and on to 140mph. Fuel economy is rated at 44.1mpg. A seven-speed DSG ‘box, equipped with paddle shift, comes as standard.

See the Skoda Fabia vRS pics

Shunning the conservative styling of the last vRS, the new car will have a tough sporting look and will be easily identifiable against the standard car. Styling upgrades include a new front bumper, a new rear bumper, rear diffuser, 17-inch alloys and twin exhausts.

The previous Fabia vRS was diesel-powered, but Skoda has ruled out an oil burning version.

Skoda has also confirmed an estate version of the car will be sold. Skoda is predicting annual sales of around 1500 units.

The car will be available in the UK from June, priced from around £16,000.

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19 October 2009

So it comes with exactly the same engine and DSG box as the Ibiza. Yawn!

Skoda have missed a trick by not even making a diesel option available.

19 October 2009

[quote Autocar]Shunning the conservative styling of the last vRS,[/quote]

I don't remember the original vRS being 'conservatively styled'... The Fabia mk1 always struck me as being perfectly proportioned - I suppose you guys would say 'Squat and Purposeful'

Either way, I hope the styling improves on the ungainly stance of the current model (narrow hipped and top heavy)... And while I'm at it, shame they've dropped the diesel... Bloody good fun!

Just PLEASE don't mess up when it comes to the next Octavia vRS...

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

19 October 2009

[quote esreveRnIefiL]

[quote Autocar]Shunning the conservative styling of the last vRS,[/quote]

I don't remember the original vRS being 'conservatively styled'... The Fabia mk1 always struck me as being perfectly proportioned - I suppose you guys would say 'Squat and Purposeful'

Either way, I hope the styling improves on the ungainly stance of the current model (narrow hipped and top heavy)... And while I'm at it, shame they've dropped the diesel... Bloody good fun!

Just PLEASE don't mess up when it comes to the next Octavia vRS...

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I agree, I liked the styling of the original vRS and for a sporty diesel engined supermini, it went like stink and was decently economical too.

19 October 2009

As an owner of a Mk1 Fabia vRS I think they are missing a trick in only having a petrol version. Economical, loads of Torque - almost a wolf in sheeps clothing. Am I right in thinking the Octavia is available in both? So why not this. Mistake. I just hope it looks like the Fabia S2000 Rally car.

19 October 2009

Great news, good car, good price, good performance. Even better news, no diesel.

19 October 2009

What a disappointment after such a long wait. Skoda give up the unique abilities of the Mark 1 Fabia vRS for a me-too product. My wife has had a mark 1 vRS since 2004. It has great build quality, strong residuals, great reliability, 48mpg average and group 9 insurance. But best of all it is discreetly styled and has bags of torque. Real performance for a real road rather than the Autocar data sheet or race track. Only faults are limited choice of colours and shocking seat material. The new one will be new territory for Skoda. It will be an extrovertly styled flappy paddled device. However who will choose this instead of the Renaultsport Clio 200? If one looks at existing vRS a heavy proportion are driven by women rather than the boy racers who rightly love the Clio. My wife wouldn't entertain a flappy paddle gearbox. Or a tough sporting look. I suspect many others will not either. It sounds like to me the marketing guys have got carried away. The better option for me would have been a 140 or 170 bhp diesel, discreetly styled, with the spec of the limited edition vRs. It would have had its unique niche and had the existing owners queueing at the dealers door. I would love to know the Skoda dealers view!

19 October 2009

the old one is driven by women and not boy racers because it's a diesel and is not good at performance, it achieves mpg and the placebo performance of spasmodic diesel power bands. Not somwething a boy racer is interested in. but a 180bhp petrol certainly is, and would be quicker than a clio 200 i should imagine. need to see a kerb weight.

The clio has the advantage of having a cup version, but the disadvantage of being french. skoda needs a super VRS version, just like Seat has cupra R, and VW R. then it could have 200bhp.

19 October 2009

[quote beachland2]the old one is driven by women and not boy racers because it's a diesel and is not good at performance[/quote]

I seem to remember one laping the Top Gear track as quick as a Mini Cooper. The diesel offers better real world performance. The diesel Fabia will overtake much quicker on an A road than say the Mini would.

By offering a diesel 'hot hatch' the old Fabia had a USP. The new one will be just another small hot hatch and an ugly one at that.

19 October 2009

The ibiza 1.4 180bhp cupra is 1172kgs the VRS should be the same, so it even has a low weight advantage over the clio 200.

19 October 2009

[quote Lee23404]I seem to remember one laping the Top Gear track as quick as a Mini Cooper. The diesel offers better real world performance. The diesel Fabia will overtake much quicker on an A road than say the Mini would.[/quote]

Well of course the Mini Cooper is a slow piece metal, heavy and feeble normally aspirated 1.6 engine. less bhp than the diesel fabia even. how is it relevent?

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