For fans of pocket rockets, the Skoda Fabia vRS is much missed.
Available initially as a diesel before going petrol for the second-generation model, the warm hatch was dropped altogether for the mk3 in 2015 – something that still makes us a little sad.
Skoda has this week announced that a facelifted third-gen Fabia will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and instantly, we asked ourselves if this could mean a return of the vRS?
‘Highly unlikely’ is the wise answer to that, but wishful thinking and all that.
As it stands, Skoda’s vRS label is quite skeletal, appearing on the Golf-based Octavia and Superb currently, although the Kodiaq SUV is expected to receive the vRS by the end of 2018. So we may not see the return of the Fabia vRS this time, but perhaps for the inevitable fourth-gen model in, say, 2021?
What will the refreshed Fabia actually be like?
Well, Skoda has promised a major design overhaul for what the Czech brand calls ‘the top model in the small car segment’ (cue rapid surprised blinking from the Ford Fiesta).
LED lights front and rear have been confirmed, lending the car a much stronger look. The Fabia will also come with the latest ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as a removable LED flashlight, door edge protection and a ticket holder, but who knows what else Skoda will come up with for the Fabia?
Skoda is likely to leave the engine range unchanged for the facelift, offering 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrols and a 1.4-litre diesel. Currently, the quickest Fabia available is the larger petrol, which can complete a 0-62mph sprint in 9.4 seconds – a whole two seconds slower than the last Fabia vRS.
More than four million units of Fabias have been sold worldwide since it first went on sale in 1999, with the current third-generation model accounting for over 500,000 of those alone.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Skoda scrapped the Fabia vRS partly because it didn’t make business sense for them. But with the success of the Fiesta ST and Polo GTI, there seems to be a renewed appetite for speedy superminis – here’s hoping.”
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