Following the Audi A3 Clubsport, Škoda Citijet, Seat Ibiza Cupster, and Volkswagen GTI Roadster concepts, the latest Volkswagen Group car announced for this year’s Wörthersee tuner festival is the Škoda Yeti Extreme.
Designed to look like a rally car, the Extreme concept takes the standard Škoda Yeti crossover and endows it with a new front fascia, 17-inch wheels with off-road tires, a yellow-green roof that matches the color of the wheels, LED headlights, new side skirts, and a tougher rear bumper. The suspension height can be adjusted, and the brakes come from the Europe’s sporty Škoda Octavia RS. A 150-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine gives the Yeti Extreme a not-very-extreme nine second run to 62 mph, along with a 119-mph top speed. The exhaust lacks silencers to give the rally-ready car a “particularly throaty” sound, and all-wheel drive comes standard.
Inside are four Recaro racing seats with four-point safety harnesses, a special steering wheel with shift paddles for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a special Apple iPad dock in the dashboard. The inner door panels have been remade in carbon fiber, and a shovel, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit have been added for rally use.
While this Extreme variant won’t enter showrooms, the standard Škoda Yeti has been successful in Europe. Since it was introduced in 2009, Škoda has sold 640,000 copies of the Yeti.