Skoda’s Vision RS concept car will preview the performance version of the next-generation Rapid, which itself hasn’t been revealed yet.
The sketches show (hopefully) exaggerated wheels and grilles, to ram home the ‘performance’ message of the RS. The headlights are a narrower take on the new Fabia’s face, while a couple of crisp, carefully placed character lines add clean definition to the sides.
At the rear, a full-width reflector strip joins together the apparent heat vents at the outer corners. Chiselled tail lights with a triangular pattern, protrude from the tail and reach into the deep rear window. The front spoiler, side skirts and rear apron are carbonfibre, to create “striking contrasts.”
The interior is vegan and would very much like you to know that. The floor mats are made of ‘Piñatex’ textile created with fibres from the leaves of pineapple trees, while a carbonfibre-style fabric has been created with 100% recycled polyester thread. Alcantara also features. A Czech flag appears somewhere on the side bolsters as a nod to their homeland’s centenary.
Lastly, the steering wheel, with intriguing inward-facing control knobs, features a fine, triangular pattern which Skoda says will be a part of their design DNA going forwards.
We’ll see the real deal at the Paris show.