• Jan 16, 2011
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Some terms we use in the automotive lexicon are absolute. Others are relative. Take "subtle" for example. Most wouldn't call painting a car bright red "subtle", but when you compare it to the last rally-edition Skoda Fabia we reported on, that's exactly what this is. Whereas the S2000 edition Fabia vRS sported full livery taken from the company's IRC-winning S2000 Fabia, this one's decidedly more low-key, but not without its dose of flair.

The Monte Carlo edition celebrates 100 years of the namesake rally – and 110 years of Skoda's motorsport program – with a red and black paint scheme. While the body is painted bright red, everything else has been blacked out, from the roof to the 17" alloys, including the mirror housings, grille and smoked headlamps. The red and black theme continues inside with either black or red and black seats, complemented by black roofliner, and color-keyed steering wheel, shifter and handbrake lever.

Based on the SE specification and available with a range of engines from 1.2 to 1.6 liters, the Fabia Monte Carlo will make its debut at the Monegasque rally later this month. Details after the jump with photos in the gallery below.



[Source: Skoda]
PRESS RELEASE

ŠKODA LAUNCHES FABIA MONTE CARLO
  • Fabia Monte Carlo launched to celebrate 100 years of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally and 110 years of Škoda's participation in motorsport
  • A new Fabia model with aggressive, sporty styling and enhanced equipment
  • Set to make its first public appearance at Rallye Monte Carlo

Škoda's Fabia line is about to be extended with the introduction of the Monte Carlo, a new model with enhanced sports styling and bespoke interior. Launched to celebrate 100 years of the Monte Carlo Rally, and commemorate the 110 year anniversary of the brand's motorsport efforts, this special edition model is a nod towards Škoda's sporting pedigree.

From the outside, the Fabia Monte Carlo boasts a dynamic look, underlined by the introduction of piano-black body trim, which extend over the wheel arches and down the full length of the car, a black roof, black door mirror covers, a black radiator grille top, smoked headlamps and black 17" lightweight Trinity alloy wheels.

Inside the Fabia Monte Carlo, customers can choose between all black or, red and black sports seats which boast additional side support. Both versions come with black roof lining, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, leather handbrake and gearstick gaiter with red stitching (with the red-black interior option). To complete the enhanced sporty appeal silver kick plates and steel pedals are fitted as standard.

The new Fabia Monte Carlo is set to make its first public appearance at Rallye Monte Carlo (19-22 January), where Škoda's current all-conquering IRC championship winning rally car, the Fabia S2000, finished fourth (in class) on its first outing at this legendary rally in 2009. In 2010, Škoda Motorsport finished second, third and fifth (in class) with Hänninen, Vouilloz and Kopecký, respectively.

Available as hatchback only, the car's trim is based on the current Fabia SE version, and the new Monte Carlo will be available with a wide range of engines.

CO2 Basic VAT RRP FRF RFL Delivery Recommended OTR
1.2 69PS 128 £10,158.33 £2,031.67 £12,190 £55 £0 £510 £12,755
1.2 TSI 86PS 121 £10,670.83 £2,134.17 £12,805 £55 £0 £510 £13,370
1.2 TSI 105PS 124 £11,220.83 £2,244.17 £13,465 £55 £0 £510 £14,030
1.6 TDI CR 75PS 109 £11,350.00 £2,270.00 £13,620 £55 £0 £510 £14,185
1.6 TDI CR 105PS 109 £12,029.17 £2,405.83 £14,435 £55 £0 £510 £15,000

All of the Fabia Monte Carlo models will be fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and will be available to order from 24 January 2011.



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 12 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not too bad exterior design but the interior.........blehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. If you're going to spice up a car, please go all the way. But alas, a voice inside my head says that that is a spiced up interior for a Skoda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Lancia Y.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VAG are on a roll with black-laden special edition hatchbacks as of late. There's the Ibiza Bocanegra, now the Fabia. Is there a black Polo I am not aware of?
      • 4 Years Ago
      These days the bordellos are in pahrump NV..... In dismal economic times its nice to see a car company with the courage to have a brightly colored car in a sea of beige....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somehow I don't think we'll see many of these on the roads of the principality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the red and black trim reminds me of my old '85 Celica GTS liftback, a great rear wheel-drive wide body. I'd prefer this Skoda in white and black, but I really like the black wheels, the black roof and the black trim. Would look great in almost any color. Red and black just seems a bit Las Vegas bordello these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So much better than anything from fiat if for no other reason than it's not a fiat.
      fiat=fail
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those headlights remind me of the ones in the Mercedes C-Class. Really like the wheels on this Skoda though.