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
No surprise that on an A-road, the vRS feels pretty damn good. The supercharger swells the lower end of the torque curve so that there's always most of the 184lb ft of torque available until the turbo and 178bhp can make its presence felt further up the rev range. The brakes are powerful, the steering accurate - neither sanctioning an excess of tactility. The seven-speed DSG grates a bit with a hesitant take-up from a standstill - despite a hill-holder brake - but once you get going and hit a rhythm, it slips between ratios quickly enough. Even in this Biblical weather, it feels neat, fizzy and chuckable, dealing with normal bumps in a slightly choppy but manageable fashion.