Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Skoda Fabia VRs...

Oh, hello there. Yes, we're still alive and kicking and from this moment on we promise to be more regular with our updates. Y'see, we got a job and it's sort of stolen all our time. Sorry about that, and sorry for treating you like the Renault Clio with the wee-scented interior that no one wants to rent from Hertz. We won't do it again, we promise. Anyway, moving on.

THE SKODA FABIA VRs! Woot!


No, wait, that's not right...



AHAAA! That's the pickle!

Yes, it's a Skoda and much like when we waffled on about the Octavia VRs, we'd encourage you to leave all your Skoda-based jokes by the door. They're not welcome in here, even if they are wearing shoes and being polite to the bouncer. 

Much like its bigger, petrol-engined brother, the Fabia VRs was released at a time when people started to take note of Skoda's ability to build cars that were not only reliable but also desirable. Yeah, Skoda, desirable. Deal with it. 

The year was 2003 and the Skoda Fabia was selling well. Robbing sales from VW's Polo (the very same platform the Fabia was based on), when the men in suits at Skoda HQ decided to do something really crazy: release a hot-hatch version of the very car they had been marketing to single mothers and ladies called Ethel or Margaret for the past four years (the Fabia was released in 1999 - keep up). Those crazy Eastern Europeans!

 

You'd think based upon the success of the Octavia, the bods with Auto-Cad and white coats might have opted to follow suit and employ a petrol engine with a turbo of some sort to power the 'hot' Fabia. However, they did no such thing. Nope, they employed a diesel engine, y'know, like what taxis, buses and locomotives have.

Well, it seemed like a good idea, until the mention of derv.


Like a petrol engine, but diesel

BUT WAIT! They weren't mad, they were, in fact, inspired! A 1.9 'Pumpe-Düse' diesel lump was stolen from the VW parts bin, it was treated to some shiny bits and then via witchcraft and magic they forced it to kick out 130bhp and 230lbft of torque. That's a lot. It's a hell of a lot when you consider 55mpg was a very real...urm...reality. Oh, they also bolted a six-speed cog-swapper to it as well, just, well, BECAUSE SHUT UP, THAT'S WHY!

 

PUT. THE UNLEADED. BACK. IN THE PUMP

The Skodites - that's what we're calling Skoda employees now - weren't content with just power from an unusual source, though. Nor were they satisfied with draping the angular lines of the Fabia in vents, wings, spoilers and badges. Nope, they were not going to stop until they went utterly bananas inside! There was leather, seats of a buckety persuasion and more. Just look at at it. IT'S A BLOODY SKODA AND IT'S NICER THAN OUR HOUSE!

 

Yo'ass just got comfort, punk!

And now, nine years on, you can have one of these amazing, fun, surprising little cars for less than the hallowed figure of £2000. You'll get speed, you'll get economy and you'll get funny looks from fellow motorists when you pull up to the derv pump. Most importantly of all, though, you'll get one of the most game-changing cars of Skoda's history, and you'll love every minute of it.