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
It doesn't stop there. Where the Fabia copes with big bumps on big roads, as soon as it encounters anything tiny and cosmetically traumatised, it suddenly gets wooden knees. Too hard, not enough time to breathe between bumps, so a very knobbly road ends up being a staccato series of bounces from one axle-tramping lump to another. Admittedly, the Hardknott and Wrynose are probably some of the most extreme examples of both gradient and suspension-upsetting tarmac - at one point, the little Skoda was wagging a rear wheel 10 inches in the air on an uphill hairpin whose surface looked as if it had recently been groomed by goats - but the point stands.