Skoda Fabia vRS at Geneva 2010

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Facelifted Fabia gets vRS treatment with 178bhp 1.4 TSI engine – plus estate version confirmed.

At VWs pre-Geneva party, dominated by powerful offerings from Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini, Skoda proved that good things come in small packages, too. Looking stunning in a shade of alien green paint, the Czech brand threw the covers off its latest hot hatch, the Fabia vRS.

It sports the new facelift that makes its debut on the entire range at Geneva, and has a contrasting roof colour available in black, white or silver. The vRS certainly looked the part, even amongst more exotic metal.

Under the bonnet it uses the same 178bhp 1.4 TSI engine as the Polo GTI, and is hooked up to a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard. Thats enough power for 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds and a top speed in the region of 135mph.

And in true Skoda style, it plans to undercut the competition, despite having the same hi-tech underpinnings. Whereas the Polo GTI is likely to start from £18,000, the Fabia will start from roughly £2,000 less, Auto Express has learned.

And thats not all, for those who want practicality and hot hatch thrills in equal measure, a vRS estate is to be offered for the first time, too.

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