Fabia vRS: extreme drive
Skoda’s vRS is supposed to be ‘made of meaner stuff’. But can it cope with one of Britain’s steepest and most extreme roads?
Posted: 18 Mar 2011
Here's the basics: the DSG will not, even in manual mode, hold a gear at the red line, so you may charge into a corner expecting to brush against a rev-limiter and find yourself on the brakes with the gearbox having just changed up. It will, it seems, arbitrarily choose gears in ‘sport' mode, hesitate, and get confused if you drive down a bumpy, twisty lane and constantly modulate your throttle. It works in reliable situations, where responses can be predicted, but its peculiar mechanical autism can't cope with change. It's infuriating.