Skoda Vision RS Concept ready for its closeup at Paris show

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Skoda draws from motorsport heritage for Vision RS concept

It looks like Skoda is about to get a serious design makeover. Come this year's Paris Motor Show, Skoda will officially be unveiling the sleek and stylish Vision RS Concept. With it, the Czech-based automaker will provide a glimpse of their future design language, as well as what appears to be a precursor for an all-new hot hatch.

Based on the sketches provided, the Skoda Vision RS concept is an aerodynamic five-door hatchback that blends sharp lines, deep creases and futuristic design elements inspired by motorsport. The front fascia is distinctly Skoda thanks to the signature front grill and angular headlights. Meanwhile, the stylish front bumper incorporates large air intakes and a chin spoiler for better airflow.

A swooping roofline is also present on the concept, along with overly-large five-spoke alloys that fill up the wheel wells. More motorsport elements are seen at the back of the Vision RS concept. The rear bumper gets an integrated diffuser while corner-mounted canards and a huge spoiler provide downforce for the sleek hatchback. Finally, inverted L-shaped taillights give the concept a more sophisticated look.

Size-wise, the Skoda Vision RS measures 4356mm long, 1810mm wide, 1431mm tall and has a 2650mm wheelbase. Given its exterior dimensions, the Skoda Vision RS Concept could be a prelude for an upcoming high-performance hot hatch that can go toe-to-toe against the likes of the Golf GTI, Megane RS and Mini Cooper JCW to name a few.

The Vision RS Concept takes its name from Skoda's 117-year motorsport history. The RS nomenclature was first used in 1974 for the 180 RS and 200 RS rally sports cars. Since then, the badge has received worldwide recognition following the success of rear-engined, rear-wheel drive 130 RS. Skoda decided in 2000 to put the RS badging on their high-performance models.

The 2018 Paris Motor Show will take place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from October 4 until October 15.

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