It seems like ages since the last Skoda Fabia vRS disappeared from the showrooms, but now the new Fabia vRS hatch has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
There are two big changes with this new Fabia vRS. One is that it gets an estate bodyshape to go alongside the hatchback, and the second is that the 130bhp diesel lump has been swapped for one of the VAG-sourced double-supercharged, four-cylinder petrol engine providing 180bhp from just 1.4 litres. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s basically the same unit as used in the new Seat Ibiza Cupra and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
In the Skoda Fabia vRS the 1.4-litre TSI offers a maximum speed of 140 mph (141 mph in the estate version) and 0-62mph acceleration in just 7.3 seconds. Impressive performance and much quicker than the old model. One thing the new engine can’t match is the diesel economy, but at 44.1 mpg the new engines is reasonably frugal.
Both versions of the vRS feature a redesigned front bumper with integrated fog lamps, as well as optional integrated LED lights. 17-inch lightweight Gigaro alloys have been developed specially for the vRS, and other visual clues include red brake callipers, tinted windows, and a new rear bumper with a diffuser and dual exhaust. Depending on the colour of the body, the roof, roof spoiler and wheels for the Fabia vRS hatchback will be available in a choice of black, white or silver.
A sports-tuned chassis is fitted, along with ESP, ABS and ASR so should make for more entertaining performance than the standard setup, and the Fabia makes use of the XDS electronic differential that has also featured in the Volkswagen and Seat range.
On the inside are sports seats with vRS logos on the backrests and a three-spoke leather steering wheel that houses the paddles for the seven-speed DSG gearbox.
No word on prices yet, but what the Fabia lacks in visual appeal compared to it’s VAG siblings it will more than likely make up for by being noticeable cheaper.