Skoda Fabia RS 2000 concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Volkswagen Group's annual GTI-Treffen festival on the shores of Lake Wörthersee in Austria may be named for VW's iconic tuned Golf, but by now – in its 30th rendition – it's turned into a multi-marque celebration of the hot hatch. Case in point: the A1 Clubsport Quattro concept unveiled there this year by Audi. And now Skoda has joined in on the action with a hatch-based custom of its own.

To create the dramatic Fabia RS 2000 concept you see here, Skoda has taken its existing Fabia RS hot hatch, lopped off the roof and fitted a widebody kit housing 18-inch powder-coated alloys for a stance similar to its S2000 rally counterpart. The brightwork has also been blacked out, the open-air cabin fitted with four individual buckets with racing harnesses and carbon-fiber trim, and the hood louvered to vent the 200+hp 2.0-liter twin-turbo four.

All in all, a rather dramatic take on a bread-and-butter hatchback that blends the best of a road-going rally car with a four-door convertible. But while its occupants may enjoy the wind in their hair, the Wörthersee show stand is about probably as much daylight as this concept will ever see. Have a closer look in the high-res image gallery and the press release after the jump.
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ŠKODA at GTI-Treffen in Wörthersee

› 30th annual cult meet
› Fabia RS 2000 design concept created especially for the jubilee meeting
› Fabia Monte Carlo, Fabia RS and rally Fabia Super 2000 underscore the brand presentation

Mladá Boleslav, 2. June 2010 – This year's GTI-Treffen in Reifnitz, by Lake Wörthersee, is set to attract tuning fans from all over Europe for the thirtieth time at the beginning of June, and ŠKODA will once again be in the thick of the action, showcasing the Fabia RS 2000 design concept prepared especially for this anniversary meeting, the rally Fabia Super 2000, the sporty Fabia RS and the all-action Fabia Monte Carlo. Besides the latest innovations in its sports models, ŠKODA will be offering a packed programme of entertainment.

"These days, the GTI-Treffen is rightly hailed by fans of powerful engines and sporty customization as the Mecca of car tuning," says ŠKODA boss Winfried Vahland. "Anyone who comes to the event once never wants to miss another year of this fascinating get-together. The jubilee year of 2011 is a welcome opportunity for us to show off our sports models and make sure that everyone knows that ŠKODA really has something to offer here."

The Fabia RS 2000 concept car has been developed and built specifically for the GTI-Treffen. Drawing on the successful Fabia Super 2000 rally car, ŠKODA's designers have created an original roadster pursuing a single goal: dynamism and the joy of sporty driving. Based on the ŠKODA Motorsport's broad rally car, the Fabia RS 2000 offers plenty of room for four occupants to climb in and sit in the car with ease. Besides the great view, the sharply sloping windscreen provides a constant supply of fresh air and a sense of being at one with nature.

Motorsports fans can look forward to the Fabia Super 2000, which was unbeatable last season as it dominated the IRC world championship series (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). At Wörthersee, ŠKODA is presenting the race-winning car driven by the Austrian Raimund Baumschlager as he won his tenth Austrian rally championship. Baumschlager will be making a personal appearance at the ŠKODA stand on 2 June.

Besides exhibiting cars, the ŠKODA stand, covering an area of ​​600 m2, will host a plethora of events for visitors. Motorsport fans will have the chance to take part in a rally simulation, experience a free fall, and race remote-controlled models.


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      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 door roadster? no thank you.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Skoda is the one brand I really wish we had access to here, I always thought they were great cars for the money. Better quality than VW and cheaper too.......I guess now I know why they won't bring it over.
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        I never understood this argument. It runs on VW electronics, VW engines, VW chassis. The only difference is the interior and body. Same as a Seat.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks impressive. I can't help thinking it's probably as flexible as a Kite though.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        cypherxx666xx
        • 3 Years Ago
        Piech is one of the best automotive engineers germany ever had, a car nut to the core.
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        I kind of wish Piech was at the helm. He's the one who took the brand upmarket with the interiors VW are known for. Well, used to be known for.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fantastic. Much better than the VW R convertible concept... Oh, wait. Nevermind. I just noticed it has 4 doors. Now that's just stupid. And stupid-looking.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chop of the roof, add ridiculously wide rear fenders from 1920s... and you've got yourself a green weirdo.... a pathetic fail
      renegade3124
      • 3 Years Ago
      A roadster is traditionally a two-seat, convertible sports car... This does not qualify. This is just a convertible.
        ACURA23CL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @renegade3124
        No..."roadster" traditionally means a fixed, non-roof version. By definition alone, this can't be a "convertible", because the "convert" part is gone. This doesn't have the option to bring the roof up.
          renegade3124
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ACURA23CL
          Ah you are correct, sorry. This is a strictly open-cabin design. I still don't believe it qualifies as a roadster however.
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @renegade3124
        the way I understand the terms, which date back to the earliest years of the auto industry, a roadster is traditionally a 2 door coupe with a top that folds down. The windows do not roll up and at one point utilized snap-in side curtains. If there are windows that roll up, it's considered a convertible coupe. A four-door car with a roof that goes down and has snap in windows, is a phaeton. A four door car with a roof that goes up and down, and has roll up windows, is a convertible sedan. I'm not sure how this Fabia's low-cut side glass works, or if there is a roof or not, but I think this car warrants a new term for its bodystyle! I really like it.
      Micah Leon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see the striking resemblance to newer Buick products. That front grill just yells Lacrosse. Maybe its just me!
      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      it´s like a topless WRC car, cool!
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wind in their hair? More like dirt, rocks, and mud in their hair. Woo-hoo, let's go!
      Wojtek
      • 3 Years Ago
      Twin turbo? I am pretty sure it is not the case.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had hoped Volkswagen would bring Skoda or SEAT over from the old world so that way U.S. He's wouldn't get dumbed down and the company could still meet its total sales goals in the U.S. market. Tis a pity they played the Cobalt Quality card instead.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        ..so that the company would still meet its U.S. goals and in VW's wouldn't get dumbed down. Sorry. Mobile device...
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