Skoda Fabia RS On Sale In Australia

Mike Stevens | Jun 19, 2012

The top-shelf model in the international Skoda Fabia range is here at last, with the local debut of the Fabia RS hot hatch - and hot wagon.

Given its national media unveiling this week, the RS models enter as the flagships in an expanded Fabia range that now also includes a practical wagon option.

The RS pair kicks off at $27,990 for the hatch - entering at the same price as its three-door Polo GTI cousin - while the Fabia RS wagon is priced at $29,990.

Power for the Fabia RS twins is provided by the same 132kW and 250Nm 1.4 litre TSI engine driving the Polo GTI.

Skoda says both RS cars will push to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds, compared to a very close 6.9 seconds for the spritely Volkswagen.

Matched with a seven-speed DSG transmission (complete with paddle shifters), fuel consumption for both cars is listed at 6.2 l/100km, with CO2 emissions at 148g/km.

Volkswagen's new XDS electronic limited slip differential system is standard, braking the inside front wheel to increase torque to the outside front wheel.

Visually, the Fabia RS is set apart from the regular model by its unique front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy Gigaro wheels, red-painted brake calipers, tinted windows and twin exhaust tips.

In the hatch, storage capacity is listed at 300 litres with the rear seats upright, and 1165 litres when laid flat. In the wagon, capacity grows to 480 and 1460 litres respectively.

Standard features in the Fabia RS hatch and wagon includes:

  • 17-inch 'Gigaro' silver alloy wheels
  • Climatronic air-conditioning with electronic regulation
  • Front sport seats (grey or red with RS badging)
  • Small leather package - 3-spoke steering wheel, hand brake handle, gear level handle
  • Chrome package - gearstick/DSG lever, frame of gearstick/DSG lever, air-conditioning controls, handbrake button
  • Front lip spoiler
  • Red painted brake callipers
  • Polished black finish on B-pillar and door mirrors, chrome trim on radiator grille
  • Power heated door mirrors
  • Chrome double exhaust pipe, rear black diffuser, rear spoiler on boot (in vehicle or roof colour)
  • RS badging (on grille and boot)
  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • Projector halogen headlights with LED

Options include:

  • Tempo Red interior
  • Coloured roof (Black, silver, white)
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • MDI - Mobile Device Interface
  • Alarm system
  • Privacy glass from B-pillar
  • Coloured Gigaro 17” alloy wheels (anthracite, black and silver, white)

Safety features include six airbags (dual front, front side, curtain), electronic stability control (with ABS, ASR, EBD, XDL and hill-hold), rear parking sensors, three-point seatbelts all round, driver seatbelt warning.

Pricing

Fabia RS - 132TSI Hatch - 7-speed DSG - $27,990
Fabia RS - 132TSI Wagon - 7-speed DSG - $29,990

Note: prices exclude on-road costs.

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  • Mitch says,
    2 years ago
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    Toyota really have changed the game with it's pricing of their 86. Where once I would have thought of a wagon fabia RS at $30,000 as a reasonable price it now seems harder to justify despite the extra doors and luggage room. I understand they are after different demographics but toyota have put a lot of alternative sport-orientated cars pricing in the spotlight.
  • jmac says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I would struggle to see why I should pick this over a Polo GTI for the same money, if not because of brand-snobbery then at least because of styling and resale value. The wagon is interesting but $4-5K too much.
    • Able says,
      2 years ago
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      I fail to see how you can comment on resales when the Fabia (and indeed most Skodas on our roads) haven't even been here long enough to sell to their second owner.
      • jmac says,
        2 years ago
        Well going by how Skoda as a brand is going, compared to the equivalent VW models, I think it's a valid point. For example, Redbook has a 2008 Octavia RS manual at 48% of its new value as an average private sale price, whilst a 2008 Golf GTI manual sits at 56%. I don't think it's unreasonable to conclude that the Fabia will do similarly compared to an equivalent Polo. Don't get me wrong, I quite like Skoda as a brand but I think they need to undercut VW on price to make more of an impact.
  • Nate says,
    2 years ago
    The hatch reminds me of the 2000 - 2007 Swift
  • cyclone says,
    2 years ago
    How hard would it be for skoda to stick their new logo on these cars. Also that interior says everything but hot hatch. Why is the radio and it's huge screen down so low, the air con above it should be there instead
  • john gibson says,
    2 years ago
    The styling and interior just doesn't have the pizzaz of the Polo GTi. No Zexon's option either. I think will struggle unless there is a bigger price gap to VW.
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