Skoda Rapid Sport Concept

This past May, Skoda pulled in to the Worthersee festival – a gathering of Volkswagen Group hot-hatch enthusiasts in Austria – with a gussied-up version of its Rapid sedan. It was awesome, but we missed it because a) we weren't there and b) let's face it, it's a Skoda. But the Czech automaker was kind enough to bring its Rapid Sport concept with it to Frankfurt this week to give us the opportunity to correct that wrong by seeing it up close and bringing it to your computer, tablet, smartphone, typewriter or whatever means you use to read these words.

Skoda never did reveal what was under the hood of the Rapid Sport concept, which tells us it probably isn't anything spectacular, but the way this thing looks comes a lot closer. The two-face paint scheme has it wearing flat grey on one side and red on the other, with flared fenders, 19-inch alloys (also different colors port from starboard), twin exhaust tips and a beefed-up aero kit. The interior was also upgraded with Recaro buckets and a sportier steering wheel.

Altogether it's an impressive transformation of a budget-oriented car, even if said transformation is mostly visual. Of course the leggy blonde standing next to it didn't hurt, but if Skoda is looking to expand its vRS line of performance models, we hope it does so with something like this – and maybe consider offering it Stateside, too. Because a Rapid that's actually Rapid is a rather enticing prospect.
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ŠKODA Rapid SPORT concept car to celebrate its world premiere at Wörthersee

​› ŠKODA Rapid SPORT to show off the possibilities inherent in the Rapid
› A compact power package expressing dynamism and sportiness
› 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen meeting to take place May 8-11, 2013

​Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, May 6, 2013 – At this year's GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, the concept car ŠKODA Rapid SPORT will celebrate its world premiere. With the particularly sporty version of its compact sedan ŠKODA Rapid, the Czech car manufacturer will once again demonstrate the versatility of its model range. The 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen tuning event will take place from May 8 to May 11, 2013.

​Every year, the long Ascension Day weekend sees up to 200,000 tuning fans meeting in the Austrian town of Reifnitz for the Volkswagen event. This year, ŠKODA will present them with ŠKODA Rapid SPORT as a highlight a particularly racy study of its compact sedan ŠKODA Rapid.

"The GTI Meeting is a Mecca for all tuning and motorsports fans," says ŠKODA's chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "With the ŠKODA Rapid SPORT, we will put a decidedly dynamic and emotional version of our new compact sedan Rapid on display for the first time. This way, we once again demonstrate the competence of our team with regard to sporty vehicles and motorsports," adds Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing.

The ŠKODA Rapid SPORT will show off the power of the Skoda design as well as the Rapid's inherent possibilities. The result is a vehicle full of dynamism and sportiness. The vehicle is painted in the metallic colors 'Corrida Red' and 'Steel Gray'. The sports car sits on massive 19" alloy wheels. The front of the vehicle impresses with spoilers and a powerful air intake in the skirt. Generously dimensioned fenders and massive rocker panels underscore the appearance of the vehicle.

Other sporty accents are the rear with a voluminous bumper and two integrated exhaust tailpipes. The rear lights in the 'C'-shaped design typical for the brand show a contrasting color. A circumferential carbon frame completes the bottom section. The sporty layout continues in the interior of the car, for example with a sport-type steering wheel, Recaro seats and illuminated door sills.

Since the fall of 2012, the ŠKODA Rapid has been sold in the European markets as the ŠKODA's seventh model series. The compact sedan complements the company's model range between the ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Octavia. With compact dimensions (4.48 meters long, 1.70 meters wide), the vehicle convinces through outstanding spaciousness and a lot of room for five passengers and their luggage. They are supplemented by numerous 'simply clever' solutions, an excellent price/value ratio and an extensive safety package. Equally attractive is the timeless design. Since its market launch, the Rapid has won numerous awards. Regarding its safety concept, the vehicle received the best possible rating of five stars in the Euro-NCAP crash test.