VW-owned Skoda teases Fabia Combi R5 concept
The concept is half Fabia Combi, half Fabia R 5.
Volkswagen-owned Škoda will introduce a new concept called Fabia Combi R5 at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting that will take place in Austria next week. The wagon will be officially unveiled during the event, but the Czech automaker has published two teaser sketches that give us a decent idea of what to expect.
As its name implies, the concept is half Fabia Combi, a station wagon aimed at busy families, and half Fabia R 5, a heavily-modified version of the city car designed exclusively for rallying. It gains numerous aerodynamic add-ons including a front splitter, flared fenders all around, side skirts, a rear air diffuser and an oversized trunk-mounted spoiler. 11-spoke alloys borrowed from the rally-bound R 5 wrap up the look.
The Fabia Combi R5 is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that spins all four wheels via a five-speed sequential gearbox. The turbo four is presumably the same unit found under the hood of the race car, but Škoda won't publish additional technical details until late next week.
What's certain is that the Fabia Combi R5 concept will not be added to the Škoda lineup as-is. Every year, the vast majority of the wild one-offs that Volkswagen and its sub-divisions unveil at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting remain at the concept stage.
This year, enthusiasts headed to Wörthersee will also see the Škoda FUNstar, a Fabia-based concept built by a team of young apprentices, the Audi TT clubsport turbo technology concept, a rolling display of Audi's future tech, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept, a 265-horsepower hot hatch designed to celebrate the nameplate's 40th birthday.