Skoda has announced a new limited edition version of the Fabia vRS hot hatch to celebrate its victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Just 20 out of 200 examples of the Fabia vRS S2000 will come to the UK sporting replica rally livery and all the sprightly performance of the regular vRS hot hatch.
Fabia vRS S2000
Skoda took the Constructors’ Champion title in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge series thanks to a trio of Skoda Fabia S2000 rally cars – one of which was driven by the UK’s very own Guy Wilks.
The Skoda Fabia vRS S2000 road car misses out on the more extreme rally modifications of course, but it does come in a similar paint combo of Rallye Green with a white roof, white 17-inch alloy wheels and full race livery. It isn’t subtle, that’s for sure.
Skoda IRC rally victor
Fortunately, the Fabia vRS has the go to back up the show. In fact, it’s one of our favourite supermini-sized hot hatchbacks.
Powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine fitted with both a turbocharger and a supercharger, the 180bhp vRS has a a seven-speed ‘DSG’ semi-automatic gearbox with paddleshift selectors mounted on the steering wheel. The 0-62mph sprint takes just 7.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 139mph.
The engine is also impressively efficient, with a claimed 45.6mpg and 148g/km CO2 emissions.
Limited edition premium likely
There’s no word on pricing for the limited edition Skoda Fabia vRS S2000 as yet – the car doesn’t reach the UK until January.
Expect it to demand a small premium over the standard hatchback, which currently costs £15,700 (at 17.5 percent VAT; in January VAT goes up to 20 percent).
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