Clio Cup-Chasing Hardcore Fabia Planned


Skoda looks set to bring a more focused version of its new Fabia vRS hot hatch to the UK - moving the supermini hot hatch much closer in spirit to the likes of cup versions of the Renaultsport Clio and Esseesse-tweaked Abarth Puntos.

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.


It's likely that many of the cosmetic add-ons, including the black grille surround, front bumper extensions and rear diffuser, will make it to the production car, though whether the bonnet vents - which ape the look of the S2000 Fabia rally car - will come is less certain.

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.


As for a name or a price for the model, your guesses are as good as ours as nothing is yet official. It may even be that the cosmetic and dynamic tweaks will merely come as dealer-fit options.

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)



   



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  • newbrightapple 22 Sep 2010

    hornetrider said:
    birchie
    2 posts
    71 months

    You've lurked all this time just for that?!
    LOL! well I just felt like sayin summit bout that particular hardcore skoda thats all
    mainly better things to do
    14k posts in 42months get a life!

  • ManOpener 03 Sep 2010

    LongLiveTazio said:
    Sorry, mis-read. I reckon it's doable. I reckon you'd get a big reduction just by taking the rear seats out, ala Megane. Lighter wheels, bonnet, roof, glass?...
    Sachs dampers a la the 182 Cup, Golf R calipers and disks, some lightweight forged wheels.

    Job jobbed.

  • LongLiveTazio 03 Sep 2010

    Sorry, mis-read. I reckon it's doable. I reckon you'd get a big reduction just by taking the rear seats out, ala Megane. Lighter wheels, bonnet, roof, glass?...

  • ManOpener 03 Sep 2010

    LongLiveTazio said:
    ManOpener said:
    LongLiveTazio said:
    ManOpener said:
    Riggers said:
    Mr. Potato Head said:
    Title says Clio chasing Hardcore Fabia.

    Article reveals some seats and some stick on halfords tat. No extra power.

    Riiiiight.
    Ah, but it got you reading it, didn't it...? wink

    Incidentally, why does it need extra power to be a Clio Cup chaser? That doesn't have any more power than a standard Renaultsport Clio... confused
    How much does the Clio Cup weigh? From what I remember the Polo GTi (I know it's not a Fab vRS but I seem to remember it being pretty light...), though the 1.4 TSi is down on power compared to the Clio 200, won't it have a big slug more torque?

    I like the Fabia vRS. Particularly in the lurid green.
    It's barely down on power and does have a fair bit more torque - VW are also notably conservative with their performance claims.

    Fabia Estate's gross weight is only 23kg more than the 200 Cup. I would suggest that, especially as it comes with a DSG box, it'll be a smidge quicker in a straight line.
    I know about the VW underestimating power thing- my mate's bog-standard Corrado VR6 dyno'd at 212bhp!

    We can only hope that they set up the suspension properly and give it a bit more of an edge, the car market could really do with a competitor for the Clio Cup.
    I want to go test one, nearest garage isn't too far away. Finance is very competitive and servicing for 3yrs/30k is £99. The estate has more load capacity than a 3-series touring. It's a terrific package and very good value. To be honest I'd prefer a bit of compromise with the suspension, I like a comfortable car.
    They've already got the cooking vRS out, I've seen a few of them. I was saying I hope they do a more "cup" style vRS, with stiffer suspension, beefier brakes and a bit of weight saving. 90-100kg off would have me banging down the door- even if the wheels were painted a stupid colour.

  • LongLiveTazio 03 Sep 2010

    ManOpener said:
    LongLiveTazio said:
    ManOpener said:
    Riggers said:
    Mr. Potato Head said:
    Title says Clio chasing Hardcore Fabia.

    Article reveals some seats and some stick on halfords tat. No extra power.

    Riiiiight.
    Ah, but it got you reading it, didn't it...? wink

    Incidentally, why does it need extra power to be a Clio Cup chaser? That doesn't have any more power than a standard Renaultsport Clio... confused
    How much does the Clio Cup weigh? From what I remember the Polo GTi (I know it's not a Fab vRS but I seem to remember it being pretty light...), though the 1.4 TSi is down on power compared to the Clio 200, won't it have a big slug more torque?

    I like the Fabia vRS. Particularly in the lurid green.
    It's barely down on power and does have a fair bit more torque - VW are also notably conservative with their performance claims.

    Fabia Estate's gross weight is only 23kg more than the 200 Cup. I would suggest that, especially as it comes with a DSG box, it'll be a smidge quicker in a straight line.
    I know about the VW underestimating power thing- my mate's bog-standard Corrado VR6 dyno'd at 212bhp!

    We can only hope that they set up the suspension properly and give it a bit more of an edge, the car market could really do with a competitor for the Clio Cup.
    I want to go test one, nearest garage isn't too far away. Finance is very competitive and servicing for 3yrs/30k is £99. The estate has more load capacity than a 3-series touring. It's a terrific package and very good value. To be honest I'd prefer a bit of compromise with the suspension, I like a comfortable car.

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