SKODA REVEALS EXTREME HOT HATCH CONCEPTS
Hardcore Skoda pair set for VW Worthersee event
Skoda is set to reveal the Fabia RS+ and Octavia RS+, the most hardcore versions yet of its hot hatch pair, at the VW tuning event at Lake Worthersee in Austria this week.
Both cars are based on the vRS production models, and get a range of aerodynamic and more general styling tweaks.
The Fabia RS+ takes its design cues from the S2000-spec IRC rally car (which will also be at the show) with black spoilers front and rear, a black grille and smoked headlights. Most reminiscent of the rally car are the chunky air vents set into the bonnet, and the rear diffuser. There's also a grey and lime-green two-tone finish inside and out.
The Octavia RS+ is a little less extreme, but gets the same green-and-grey colour scheme and LED rear lights.
But although the cars aren't much more than a styling exercise, the move signals just how serious the VW group is about turning Skoda into a brand with genuine performance kudos - the Worthersee event is a Mecca for fans of fast VWs.
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