Skoda will soon provide a preview of its future compact model at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. This will be in the form of the VISION RS concept which also signals the next design phase for its sporting RS model range.
Ahead of the world premiere in October, the Czech brand has released design sketches aimed at conveying a first impression of this dynamic concept car. The sketches reveal that a key part of this concept car, with its precisely defined front end and slim headlights, is about aerodynamics. The rear is dominated by a diffuser and an aerodynamically optimised roof spoiler.
The VISION RS is 4356 mm long and 1810 mm wide, with its roofline at 1431 mm above road level. Those dimensions make it slightly bigger than a Volkswagen Golf although its wheelbase of 2650 mm almost certainly means it will sit on the same Volkswagen Group MQB platform as the Golf.
Incorporating clear motor racing references, this car conveys a taste of the next design phase of the RS performance models while building on Skoda’s motorsport tradition that spans 117 years.
The ‘RS’ badges were first introduced in 1974 for the 180 RS and 200 RS rallycars. Following the success of the 130 RS, the badge became well known and, since 2000, has been used to identify the performance variants of Skoda models.
Inside the car, the elongated instrument panel with carbon elements picks up the symmetrical contours of the radiator grille. The decor consists of handmade and specially cut crystal from a Czech glass manufacturer. The instrument panel features special RS design animations and is illuminated by lighting effects that interact with the infotainment system touch screen.
The centre console of the VISION RS in space-frame design with integrated shift-by-wire operation of the DSG is made entirely of carbon. Also used for the decorative elements, door panels and seats, this high-tech material creates a direct link to the world of motor racing. The special loop-shaped door handles are reminiscent of racing cars; storage compartments with elastic rubber bands.
In addition to a sporty appearance, sustainability is another key element of the VISION RS. For example, the carbon fibres consist of 100% recycled polyester, with the seat covers made from vegan Alcantara.
Preliminary work on the shape of the future model began at the home of Sloda Design which is at a villa built in 1890 in Czechoslovakia. It’s part of the advanced and tightly guarded Skoda Auto Technology Centre and is where futurist technology and tradition meet in idyllic surroundings to generate a very special atmosphere conducive to creative work. The villa is featured in the video below where one of the designers sat to sketch the VISION RS.