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.
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.
|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.