245PS Skoda Vision RS Electrified Hot Hatch Concept Revealed In The Metal

Skoda has lifted the veils off its Vision RS concept at the Paris Auto Show during a preview event that also showcased the new Kodiaq RS.

The compact study previews both the styling language of future RS models as well as one of those models from the compact class — rumored to be a larger successor to the current Rapid. The five-door hatchback concept is 4,356-mm long, 1,431-mm high, 1,810-mm wide, and has a 2,650-mm wheelbase.

It’s a practical car with a 430-liter boot and space for four passengers — although the production model will likely accommodate five occupants.

Design-wise, the Vision RS sports crisp edges and precise lines, as well as several motorsport-inspired features. At the front, highlights include the sculpted bonnet that features the Skoda logo made of illuminated crystal glass, the new radiator grille with high-gloss black carbon fiber slats (also illuminated), the angular LED headlights consisting of four glass stones, the carbon fiber spoiler, and the generous air intakes in the lower grille.

Viewed from the side, the Vision RS looks sporty and practical at the same time. It features frameless side windows, a third lateral window, recessed door handles, small Czech flags on the carbon fiber side sills, and carbon fiber side mirrors with crystal-glass indicators. Finally, the lightweight 20-inch alloys have been optimized to reduce drag and feature carbon fiber detailing and a glass Skoda logo.

The rear end is dominated by the massive diffuser and roof spoiler, both made of carbon fiber. The rear air vents are from the same material, while the L-shaped taillights are made of Bohemian crystal glass. There’s also the identification mark of Skoda RS models, a light strip that spans the entire width of the car. Another interesting detail is the illuminated Skoda lettering on the rear screen.

Moving on to the cabin, it looks quite production-ready and features a large central display, sports seats, colorful touches, as well as carbon fiber and crystal glass details — most of them illuminated. The center console is made entirely of carbon fiber and integrates a minimalistic gearstick that uses shift by wire to operate the DSG transmission. While the door pull straps are a nod to motorsport, the elastic bands securing the door cards are a Simply Clever feature.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 150PS (148hp) 1.5-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine with a 75kW (102PS/101hp) electric motor for a total output of 180 kW (245 PS/242 hp). This translates into a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). The 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) acceleration takes 8.9 seconds. To do that, drivers need to use the Sport mode, with the Vision RS also offering Normal and EV driving modes.

Skoda claims the compact hot hatch emits only 33 g of CO2 per km and is able to drive up to 70 km (43.5 miles) in EV mode thanks to a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13 kWh (of which 9.9 kWh can be used). Charging the battery takes 2.5 hours at a household power socket or charging station at home. Obviously, the battery can also be charged on the move using energy recovery.

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Live photo credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • klowik

    This looks much better !! The crease lines are clean and produce a nice 3D effect.

  • exeptor

    There is something Peugeot-ish in this car.

    • Maher

      The front is a Kia Cadenza rip off.

  • Jason Panamera

    Finally front and interior is pretty nice for skoda.

  • StrangerGP

    The rear is a copy of Fiat Tipo lol.

  • DMax

    Looks pretty good, but 250hp hybrid can manage only 7.1 sec 0-60? How much this this weighs, 2 tons?

  • willhaven

    Looks fantastic. I hope they build it.

  • Wow I actually quite like it, and it looks very production ready. But what I don’t like that the design feels like mismatch of others, the side is an Audi, the rear somehow remind me of Volvo, the front look Levante too.

  • Sybill Julian

    very cool

  • Rafael

    It looks brilliant but the numbers seem shit for a hybrid. 242hp. 7.1 0-60? lol, my 208 GTi with 200hp makes 6.7. I know it’s lighter but it has no electric boost off the line. Even the Golf GTE is faster.

    Something’s wrong…

    Anyways I see a lot of tech and possible changes here that’ll go the Mk8 Golf GTE. That amazing 1.5 petrol engine is silky smooth coupled with a better and more efficient electric motor… maybe 230hp! And severe tax reductions. Not as much driving pleasure but… we live in the real world :p

  • Jason Panamera

    And that middle air vent for your wife…

  • S3XY

    Nice. Bring it to reality

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