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
The problem, in the main, is the DSG gearbox. Now I'm not some Luddite who believes that things were better when smallpox was on the school curriculum and houses were constructed of wattle and Black Death, but I'm a firm believer in applying technology appropriately. In the vRS, it hasn't happened. The DSG emphatically does not suit this car when you want to play, and the very first time the gearbox doesn't do as you instruct it, the car is compromised. In a hot hatch, that's a poisonous and fatal mistake. A hot hatch should be an ally. A supercar can levy extremity against a frisson of lethality, a few niggles that have to be accepted and driven around. A typical hatch has no such excuse.