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VW-owned Skoda introduces Fabia Combi R5 concept

by Ronan Glon

The concept shares its 1.6-liter turbo four with the rally-going Fabia R5.

Volkswagen-owned Škoda has introduced the Fabia Combi R5 concept ahead of its debut at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting that kicked off in Austria this morning.

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. A black, white and green paint job and 18-inch 11-spoke alloys borrowed from the rally-bound R 5 wrap up the look.

Like the rally-bound Fabia, 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. Škoda has not revealed how much power the turbo four pumps out, but the wagon is undoubtedly a lot more powerful than its regular-production family hauler counterpart.

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, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept, a 265-horsepower hot hatch designed to celebrate the nameplate's 40th birthday, and the Golf GTI Performance concept, which was built by apprentices from the ground up.

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