CLIO CUP-CHASING HARDCORE FABIA PLANNED
Fabia RS+ concept could spawn more focused Skoda vRS
Tucked away in the service park of the Czech rally (at which your humble hack was present, but more of that on PH soon) next to the Skoda UK dealer team's service area was this grey-and-painful-yellow Fabia, Skoda's RS+ concept from the recent Worthersee VW show.
All of which was well and good, but not that interesting, until a quiet word with the Skoda UK PR team revealed that the RS+ - or at least parts of it - may be coming to the UK to make a rather more focused Fabia vRS.
Should the tweaks hit Blighty-bound Fabias, the upgraded Recaro-made seats are likely to make it, but the marmite grey-and-yellow colour scheme would probably be toned down.
There's no power upgrade planned - the car will stick with the VW group's 1.4-litre 180bhp turbocharged, supercharged motor - but new wheels (though the concept ones ones are taken directly from the rally car) and, crucially, tweaked suspension would be involved.
But whatever the result it's certainly going to make the hot Fabia a whole lot more interesting. A Fabia instead of a Renaulstsport Clio? These tweaks might make us think twice...
(then probably go for the Clio anyway)