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Skoda Vision RS concept revealed


The Skoda Vision RS has been revealed ahead of its on-stand debut at the Paris motor show next week, with the Czech brand's performance-focused concept sporting an eco-friendly interior and a punchy hybrid powertrain.

We've seen vague sketch after vague sketch of the Vision RS, but Skoda is at last dropping some detail on us, including the specification details of its 1.5-litre TSI engine and electric motor, good for a combined 180kW.

That's enough, Skoda says, for a sprint to 100km/h of 7.1secs - and a climb from 80km/h to 120km/h in 8.9seconds - all while emitting just 33g/km of C02.

Equipped with a full-EV mode, the Vision RS can run for 70kms without bothering the petrol engine, and the 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in 2.5hrs.

Inside, Skoda has produced a vegan and eco-sustainable interior, including a 100 per cent recycled polyester thread used for part of seats, and floor mats made from the fibres taken from the leaves of a pineapple tree. Even the paint has been mixed with organic components designed to reflect heat, thus lowering the need for air-con cooling in the cabin.

Skoda is pitching its Vision RS as a window to its performance future, complete with "floating" seats, carbon fibre elements and bespoke crystal touch points in the cabin, as well as what appears to be a massive infotainment screen mounted above the dash and a redesigned space-frame centre console shaped from carbon-fibre.

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