Skoda Vision RS unveiled in sketches ahead of Paris Motor Show debut
Skoda will debut two models at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Both of these focus on its RS line-up of performance vehicles but distinctly different approaches. The first is the production-ready Kodiaq RS SUV while the next one seen here is the Skoda Vision RS concept.
The Vision RS is still a concept which shows the future trajectory of the brand's RS cars. This is the basis for a new RS flagship hot hatchback which will launch later on.
The design of the car takes the current Skoda design language and puts a more aggressive spin on it. The sharp, straight lines and Czech crystal inspired elements have become more prominent. The more purposeful stance of this concept and wide, low profile also depict its sportier aspirations.
A number of interesting details can be found around the car. The first is the Xirallic crystal sparkle effect white paint with a subtle blue tinge. This has organic compounds in it to reflect heat and reduce interior temperatures. The carbon fibre bits all around in the radiator grille, front and rear spoilers, exterior mirrors, side sills, air inlets and outlets, and the rear diffuser are meant to provide contrast to the paint shade. In the interior, the Alcantara seats also get carbon fibre trim made from recycled polyester, carbon floor mats in Pinatex, a fibre derived from pineapple tree leaves. The flat bottom steering with a centre marker highlight the car's performance capabilities.
The powertrain too is a shift from the now set formula for such hot hatchbacks. There is a 1.5-litre petrol that puts out 150PS and an electric motor provides an additional 102PS. This gives the Vision RS a system output of 245PS. This accelerates the concept study from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, making the intermediate sprint from 80 to 120 km/h in 8.9 seconds.
A 13 kWh Li-Ion battery pack powers the e-motor and gives the Vision RS an electric only range of 70 km. The battery can be charged fully in 2.5 hours through a fast charger. It can also be plugged into a household socket or charged on the go via an energy recuperation system.
The Vision RS looks promising enough to make it to production. It shows that Skoda seems committed to making its RS cars further stand out in design when seen alongside its mainstream car. It is possibly looking to fill the sustainable performance car niche with the VIsion RS. In terms of spec, the Vision RS falls in line with its competition but with the USP of having a hybrid powertrain.
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