New looks, new strengths: Skoda Fabia R5 facelift goes live
Skoda Motorsport will reveal the restyled version of its Fabia R5 rally car at an international motor show next month. In the meantime, the company offers a closer look at the restyled appearance of the model, as well as its technical specs.
Overall, the 4WD hatchback now looks much like the regular Skoda Fabia, including the same large radiator grille, front bumper, and narrow headlights with LED DRLs.
The car comes with an improved version of its old 1.6-liter engine, now capable of 300 hp / 224 kW. The manufacturer claims that it also has much faster throttle response.
The facelifted Fabia R5 series should receive its FIA homologation certificate in the second quarter of 2019, after which it will be admitted to participation in professional racing events. Prices remain unannounced, but the pre-facelift Fabia R5 sells for a hefty €200,000, and quite successfully, at that: the company has sold over 250 vehicles over the past three years.
Reporter Sergei Musa