2020 Skoda Kamiq RS Needs a 200 HP 2-Liter Turbo

Can you believe we're already talking about 2020 cars? Back in 2010, Skoda was a much smaller company in terms of sales, but it still had quite a few RS models. Besides the Octavia RS, which survives to this day, the range also included the Fabia RS hatchback and wagon.
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2020 Skoda Kamiq RS Needs a 200 HP 2-Liter Turbo2020 Skoda Kamiq RS Needs a 200 HP 2-Liter Turbo
It was a weird combination of practicality, big wheels and a 1.4 engine with bad reliability ratings. That was VW's fault, and Skoda was the one to fix it, but the company hasn't made another subcompact RS while the Polo GTI thrives to this day.

The Fabia is lagging behind the Polo in technology and sales, so it's not worth making a hot hatch version. But Skoda just launched the Kamiq crossover, which some people call a subcompact. We don't think that's correct; the wheelbase is huge and so its the cabin.

In any case, the Kamiq is better suited to be a hot car, since it's probably going to be profitable. Performance crossovers are witnessing a boom right now, as three 300 HP models just popped out of the VW stables: SQ2, Cupra Ateca, and T-Roc R.

The Kamiq can't join them at that level, since it's denied AWD, but it could adopt a 200 horsepower 2-liter. We're talking about the thing that's already under the hood of the Polo GTI. Cupra also showed a concept version of the Ibiza hatch, while various rumors talked about a Cupra Arona also having the big TSI.

So what do you guys think of this rendering, made by Aksyonov Nikita? The Kamiq RS seems sporty enough, disguising its taller body well. Believe it or not, but that lower grille is the stock one, and there are even bucket seats available from the factory. It's like Skoda planned for this rendering to happen all along.

Lime green paint looks awesome together with blacked out chrome. But our experience with the Octavia RS is that most customers go for subtle colors like black, silver and blue. They had a bold shade of yellow that had to be discontinued due to lack of demand.


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