There are products in the Volkswagen Group that we wish we got on this side of the Atlantic, and there are those we don't. Škoda's products, by and large, don't fall in the former category – with a few exceptions. Its RS models represent such an exception, but new reports coming in from the Old World suggest that that those may be consigned to the dustbin of history.
The RS line (or vRS in certain markets) represent the performance-oriented arm of Škoda, and currently consist of the Fabia RS and Octavia RS. But rather than increasing the number of RS models offered, Škoda is actually looking to decrease it.
This is all according to Autocar, which reports that Škoda will not offer an RS version of the next-generation Fabia, leaving the Octavia as the only RS offering in the lineup. The Czech automaker won't be producing a sports car to drum up excitement, either. Instead Škoda will focus on extending the appearance-only Monte Carlo package – which consists largely of gloss black trim – across the range to include the Rapid and Yeti.
The reason for the discontinuation of the Fabia RS apparently comes down to numbers. While people seem to like the Fabia RS, few are buying them. And while it may be hard to argue with numbers, we think it's a shame there aren't enough customers anywhere in the world to warrant producing them. Czech out the fresh gallery of Fabia RS images while you still can.