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Skoda has released a new special edition of the Skoda Fabia vRS, featuring individually numbered black leather seats, sporty red callipers and Race Blue metallic paint – the only colour available and the first time its been offered on Fabia.

Only 1,000 units of this special edition will be available. The number you want on the leather seats can be chosen, it is not a running series, but once someone has taken a number you can’t have it, it’s a first come first serve thing.

The special Fabia vRS gains a few extra specs over the normal Fabia vRS – cruise control, ‘sunset glass and a six-disc CD changer. All of this carries a premium of about 600 pounds over the standard Skoda Fabia vRS.

The special edition Skoda Fabia vRS is powered by the same engine as the standard vRS – a 1.9 litre TDI engine with 130hp and 310Nm of torque. 0-100km/h is achievable in 9.5 seconds, hardly qualifying it as a hot hatch, but as with the new amazing diesels, it only uses 3.6 litre of fuel per 100km on the extra urban cycle. This is somewhat like an end-of-life special edition before the new batch of Fabias are released this May, with a new vRS based on the new Fabia due in 2008.