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Skoda Vision RS is a plug-in hybrid hot hatch

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The Skoda Vision RS has made its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. It is still in a concept form as we can see in the pictures, but Skoda has revealed the numbers too meaning its not too far away from production.

As we saw in the previous post, the Vision RS is a homage to the brand’s Motorsport history and to the cars such as the 130 RS rally car of the ’90s. Design highlights include headlights with four glass zones, sculpted bonnet with recesses that extend into the shoulder line, recessed door handles, aerodynamically optimized wing mirrors with crystal-glass indicators, roof spoiler with an integrated third brake light, and Bohemian crystal glass inspired L-shaped upper tail lights.

There is also a narrow light strip on the rear bumper. Rounding off the exterior looks are 20-inch aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels with carbon fibre detailing.

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The designers have given the interiors an equally sporty touch. There are illuminated crystal glass trims which apparently are animated in interplay with the infotainment system. Also notice the red lines that flow around the instrument cluster and air vents, and the red door pull straps reminiscent of racing cars. The doors get carbon fibre inserts and the centre console is made entirely of carbon fibre. The door trims also get elastic bands to secure things in place.

Skoda said that the carbon fibre is made from 100% recycled polyester and the seat covers are made from vegan Alcantara. The car also features Skoda Connect online services and in-car Alexa Voice service.

Powertrain
Which brings us to the business end. As mentioned in the title, the Vision RS is a plug-in hybrid vehicle, powered by a 150 hp 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine and an electric motor which produces 102 hp. The total system output is 180 kW or about 245 hp. A 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission sends power to the front wheels.

The car gets three driving modes – Normal, EV and Sport. Skoda says the EV mode comes with an all-electric range of 70 km. As for the combined emissions, the Vision RS emits 33 g/km.

The hot hatch accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 210 km/h.

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