I've had my red vRS for over a trouble-free month now and without doubt it is like a combination of stealth bomber and tornado fighter. People don't expect such performance from a Skoda. Needless to say, this car was probably the best kept "performance car" secret around until BBC Top Gear decided to race one with a mini cooper s on their test track, a feature that was repeated recently.
Best feature apart from performance is the monumental growl from the engine when you put your foot down, you just don't have time to appreciate this because you'll be exceeding the speed limit before you know it! You have to be careful.
Ian T., Bilston, West Midlands.
Totally agree with everything said. I have just bought a Skoda Fabia vRS last week and cannot stop grinning. The car offers spectacular performance for not a lot of pennies.
I swapped a Ford Focus for the Fabia and wish I'd done it long ago. The standard kit is first class and the optional extras are very reasonably priced too. I went for the heated seats, cruise control & black magic paint. I know you are supposed to take it easy for the first few hundred miles, but I couldn't resist racing an Audi TT yesterday. We flew past this poor chap on the M6 toll (and he wasn't standing still either!).
I quite like the exclusivity of owning one of these stealth bombers too. In fact it was one of the reasons for swapping the Focus. There were just too many of the damn things on the road.
If people don't buy one of these cars because of the badge, then that's their problem. I spoke with a guy last week who had just bought a new Polo TDi, and he reckoned the vRS was a far better looking car than his Polo. Also, he admitted that the badge would be a problem. It's unbelievable that someone is prepared to spend £2000-3000 on a lesser specced car because of a wee badge.
Happy motoring. I'm off to look for Coopers and TT's!!!
I too agree with the comments above, having also just changed my Ford Focus for a black magic vRS. I have found myself on the road for any excuse. Before the end of the month, I will be exeeding my yearly miles for insurance, as I am on tour every day as the ride is fantastic, and I can't get enough (my husband is going mad).
I do feel a little difference with the steering as in understeer, but hey that is all. The car is superb, and is always turning heads. All I can say is it's the best car I ever bought. Superb. Loving the Skoda.
Fabia vRS - what a fantastic car. I've just brought my 2nd vRS after selling my Clio 182. The Clio was quicker against a standard Fabia.
My first vRS was remapped to 200 bhp and 400nm of torque by Jabba Sport. This was faster after 70mph than the Clio. Also faster on top speed - over 150mph flat out.
Picking up my new car in next day or so, and taking to it Jabba Sport straight away. Look out CTR/VXRs, the difference is unbelievable.
I'm looking at a getting one too! I've tried to do some research with reviews etc as to which car is the best buy for a young driver without sacrificing performance. I need something that won't tire me out on motorway runs, but is nimble enough around town. The Polo 1.4 I drive at the moment is awful since it’s a daft four-gear auto (my Mother’s car) and it’s a nightmare above 60mph. It stops pulling altogether! I have to say, everything I've read about the Fabia vRS is very positive. It’s insurance group 9 and I hope I get a decent quote. If I do get one, it’ll be after my 21st in the New Year.
150 mph from a fabia? I think people get a bit carried away with this car, I know its good for a diesel, but not that good.
A standard one might not do 150mph, but the re-mapped ones will. The upgraded 300lbft of torque on offer is plenty to pull you through the aerodynamic wall that limits the standard car to around 130mph.
I should be buying a new car in a couple of months, but I wonder: at this time, would you think it's still worth investing on a Fabia? I mean - even thought it's still an excellent car - we got the new Yaris, the new Clio and recently the new Corsa. The new Fabia should be coming in December/January.
I was seriously looking forward on investing on this model, but I'm afraid I'll be investing in an old car. For that money doesn't it make more sense to buy one of the recent models above?
What do you think?
Good car love it, but blew turbo after 30,000 miles.
Car is standard 130 bhp,how do the chipped ones cope?
All this talk of how long a car will last. What about Golf pdi engines. No one moans about them. I can't get over the look on peoples faces when I've just blown them away.
'Car is standard 130 bhp, how do the chipped ones cope?'
Up to about 170/180bhp it copes very well, as long as you don't floor it at very low revs (which would cause the clutch to start slipping).
I thought this is supposed to be Fabia vRS club I sent a message about how I blew my turbo.Thought there would be a few comments is there any one else who had any problems with the car?
Ask on Briskoda.net; very helpful and knowledgeable members.