Skoda is set to present a new concept, Vision RS, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. This new plug-in hybrid shows an insight to the future of RS models, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability whilst maintaining an enjoyable and exhilarating driving experience.
Vision RS combines a 1.5-litre 150PS petrol engine and a 102PS electric motor. With a system output of 245 PS, the Vision RS concept accelerates from 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds; certainly worthy of the ‘RS’ designation.
Despite this thrilling performance, CO2 emissions are just 33g/km. On battery power alone, the model can cover distances of up to 43 miles, ensuring zero-emission local driving. The lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13 kWh can be charged by cable in 2.5 hours at a charging station. Alternatively, the Skoda Vision RS can be plugged into any household socket or charged while driving through energy recovery.
Brilliant white paint and carbon create striking contrasts
Xirallic crystal sparkle effect paint shimmers with a subtle blue effect. Organic components in the paint reflect heat, thereby reducing the interior temperature. Numerous black carbon elements affixed to the body create distinctive contrasts to the white paint. The high-tech material widely used in motorsport is featured in the redesigned radiator grille, front and rear spoilers, exterior mirrors, side sills, air inlets and outlets, and the rear diffuser.
Vegan materials, sustainable production and special surfaces
A carbon textile made from 100% recycled polyester thread is used for the upper part of the floating Alcantara seats. The seats also, in a celebration of Czechoslovakia’s foundation 100 years ago, bear signature Czech flags on their side bolsters. Another example of sustainability are the floor mats which use Piñatex textile in a carbon weave; the high performance material extracts its fibres from the leaves of a pineapple tree.
The sports steering wheel with a distinctive centre marking – similar to those seen in motor racing – has a centre pad featuring the same distinctive grain consisting of tiny triangles seen in the rest of the interior, carrying Skoda’s DNA into the brand’s future models.