Skoda chose the Essen motor show, in Germany, to unveil the concept for its Fabia R5 rally car. The Czech automaker is trying to put an emphasis on stirring up emotions among drivers, and the R5 is an integral part of that strategy.
According to Dr. Frank Welsch, a Skoda board member for Technical Development explained that the automaker “ plans to continue growing over the coming years with new models, focusing both on functional aspects and emotion,” adding that “one particular highlight is the ŠKODA Fabia R5 Concept Car, which gives a first insight into our new rally car. The concept is based on the new ŠKODA Fabia, which demonstrates more emotion than ever before.”
No technical details were revealed yet, other than the fact that it will come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and all-wheel drive, since it’s an R5 class car. It features a sequential five-speed gearbox and, as per the regulations, weighs at least 1,230 kg or 2,712 pounds.