The Skoda Vision RS has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show, where the company also took the covers off its new Kodiaq RS SUV. As we’ve discovered before, the Skoda Vision RS sports a plug-in hybrid powertrain which comprises a 1.5 litre TSI turbo petrol engine with 150 hp, paired with an electric motor which makes 102 hp for a total system output of 245 hp. Drive is transmitted via a six-speed DSG gearbox.

This gives the Vision RS concept a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds, while the 80-120 km/h acceleration measure is elapsed in 8.9 seconds; top speed is 210 km/h, according to Skoda. On the electrification side, the Vision RS concept is able to cover up to 70 km on battery power alone, and in conjunction with the internal combustion engine, emits CO2 at a rate of 33 g/km.

Its lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 13 kWh, and can be charged by cable in 2.5 hours from a charging station, says Skoda. The Vision RS concept can also be recharged from a household power outlet, as well as via energy recovery whilst being driven. Skoda has yet to reveal details of the charging protocol or connectors used.

The Vision RS gets three driving modes – Normal, EV and Sport. Normal employs what the car considers to be the optimal combination of petrol and electric drive; EV mode, as the name suggests, runs the car strictly on electricity, while Sport mode deploys all available output as required by the driver.

The Vision RS concept is painted in Xirallic crystal sparkle effect paint with a subtle tinge of blue, while organic components in the paint reflect heat in order to help reduce interior temperature, says Skoda. Meanwhile, visual contrast on the exterior comes courtesy of black carbon-fibre elements, which is installed in its radiator grille, front and rear spoilers, exterior mirrors, side sills, air inlets and outlets as well as rear diffuser.

Rolling stock is a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, which are optimised to reduce drag and feature the Skoda logo fashioned of glass. Carbon-fibre detailing also features on the wheels.

Inside, the Skoda Vision RS gets a mix of trim materials with an eye on eco-friendliness. The upper section of the Alcantara-covered seats employs a carbon textile made from 100% recycled polyester thread, while its floor mats use Piñatex textile in a carbon weave; the fibres for this are extracted from the leaves of a pineapple tree, said Skoda.

The centre console surround is made entirely of carbon-fibre, says Skoda, while decorative trim made of crystal glass complements the motorsport-associated material. The crystal glass is also “uniquely illuminated and animated in interplay” with the infotainment system’s touchscreen, the company says. Door pull straps further add to the racing associations, while the door trims feature carbon-fibre inserts.

For the one in the hot seat, the steering wheel boasts a 12 o’clock centre marking often seen in sportier, competition-oriented cars, while the centre pad features a theme of tiny triangles which also feature throughout the interior of the Vision RS, says Skoda. These visual cues will carry “Skoda’s DNA into the brand’s future models,” which means this concept is teaser of aesthetics to emerge from the company.

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