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
I'm glad I'm in the Fabia. These little, bumpy, technical roads are where this car should shine, making a mockery of anything bigger and more powerful, the lunatic waveform of the surface and U-shaped crown of the road almost touching the middle of the front bumper. It's absurdly narrow in places, genuinely bewildering on some of the downhill hairpins. Put it this way: injudicious speed would result not in a ditch-scraped wheel or embarrassing hedgetangle, but bouncing off millennia-old rocks in a repeated and painful fashion. It doesn't matter how many airbags you have, it'd be like trying to break an anvil by hitting it with your face. Turns out that it doesn't matter. After three of the decidedly precipitous hairpins, I'm disappointed.