ŠKODA VISION RS reveals design for next RS generation and a future compact car



The debut of the ŠKODA VISION RS concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show ŠKODA will provide a first glimpse of a future compact car while ringing in the next design phase for its sporting RS model range. Ahead of the world premiere in October, the Czech brand is releasing design sketches aimed at conveying a first impression of this dynamic concept car.


The rough sketches reveal that a key part of this vehicle concept is all about aerodynamics. The front is precisely defined, with its slim headlights feeling very dynamic. The rear is dominated by a diffuser and an aerodynamically optimised roof spoiler. 

The ŠKODA VISION RS is 4,356 millimetres long and 1,810 millimetres wide, with a height of just 1,431 millimetres and a wheelbase of 2,650 millimetres. It incorporates clear motor racing references and conveys a taste of the next design phase of the RS performance models while building on ŠKODA’s 117-year-old motorsport tradition. 

The RS letter combination was first introduced in 1974 for the 180 RS and 200 RS rally sports cars. Following the success of the 130 RS, it became known all over the world. Since 2000, it has been used to identify the performance variants of various ŠKODA model series.

The elongated instrument panel with carbon elements picks up the symmetrical contours of the radiator grille. The decor of the VISION RS consists of handmade and specially cut crystal from the Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit. The instrument panel features special RS design animations and is illuminated by lighting effects that interact with the infotainment system touch screen.

The centre console of the VISION RS in space-frame design with integrated shift-by-wire operation of the DSG is made entirely of carbon. Also used for the decorative elements, door panels and seats, this high-tech material creates a direct link to the world of motor racing.The special loop-shaped door handles are reminiscent of racing cars; storage compartments with elastic rubber bands are "simply clever". In addition to a sporty appearance, sustainability is another key element of the ŠKODA VISION RS. The carbon fibres consist of 100% recycled polyester, with the seat covers made from vegan Alcantara.