The RS designation at Skoda has been used to call model versions that bear the Czech brand’s sporty genes. Emotive and sporty in nature, these versions have been the result of the brand’s rich history of motorsport, which has already reached 117 years. Now, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Skoda is presenting a new study that provides a glimpse into its future RS models – the new Skoda Vision RS.
According to Skoda, the new Vision RS demonstrates how its RS could appear in future, conveying a good blend of sportiness, sustainability and functionality. After all, the new Vision RS isn't just an ordinary RS as its core is served by an electrified drivetrain – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor. Furthermore, the new Vision RS also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment, where the Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback is currently competing.
The new Vision RS essentially represents a completely new form of RS DNA. Its front end is defined by a sculptural bonnet with a Skoda logo made from illuminated crystal glass. The radiator grille features illuminated high-gloss black carbon-fiber slats, which comes in a new distinctive shape. The air inlet and spoiler mirror are shaped like the radiator grille, which is flanked by headlights consisting of four glass stones. The frontal lighting system of the Vision RS also includes narrow daytime running lights and fog lights. The side air outlets, air inlet grille and front spoiler are all made of carbon fiber.
On the sides, the new Vision RS features bold wings, dynamic shoulder line, recessed door handles as well as frameless, tinted side windows. Small Czech flags are found on the carbon-fiber side sills while the carbon-fiber wing mirrors feature motorsport-inspired crystal-glass indicators. The Vision RS rides on lightweight, 20-inch alloy wheels with a central Skoda logo made of glass.
At the rear section, the diffuser now has no tail pipes while the roof spoiler features an integrated third brake light. The diffuser, roof spoiler and the rear air outlets are all made from carbon fiber. The upper tail lights look like an ‘L’ laid on its side and form – along with the lower tail lights -- form a ‘C’ at night.
Inside, the Vision RS borrows a number of elements from the Skoda Vision X concept unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. These include the elongated instrument panel, illuminated decorative trims made of crystal glass, and a space-frame carbon fiber center console. The Vision RS also has gearstick is integrated into the center console. This gearstick shifts by wire for the DSG transmission. The Vision RS also features special door pull straps, elastic bands, door trims with carbon-fiber inserts as well as contoured sport seats which backrests seem to float.
Powering the new Skoda RS is a hybrid drive unit that makes use of 1.5-liter TSI engine that delivers 110 kW (150 PS) of output as well as an electric motor that generates 75 kW (102 PS). The total system output is pegged at 180 kW (245 PS). Power is sent to the wheels a six-speed DSG, allowing the Vision RS to sprint from nil to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 210 km/h. It can do a short burst from 80 km/h to 120 km/h in just 8.9 seconds.
Its electric motor derives its juice from a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged in 2.5 hours at a home charging station or in a household power socket. The Skoda Vision RS can be driven in purely zero-emission electric mode for up to 70 km in single charge.