After showing us the official sketches, Skoda unveiled the Fabia Monte Carlo, a sporty flagship trim of the supermini that is available with most engine options, bringing visual additions for a warm hatch look. The Fabia is the third model in the Skoda range to benefit from a Monte Carlo trim after the Scala and the Kamiq.
Starting with the exterior, the Fabia gets a black finish on the grille, splitter, side sills, mirror caps, rear spoiler, and rear apron. There is also a Monte Carlo badge on the front fenders, tinted windows, and black Skoda lettering on the tailgate with a duo-tone look (black roof and pillars) available as an option.
The LED headlights (optional full-LED) and fog lights are standard, together with a set of gloss-black 16-inch Proxima alloy wheels with removable aerodynamic plastic trims. Those who want something sportier can get the optional 17-inch Procyon wheels fitted on the pictured example, or the even larger 18-inch Libra wheels.
Inside, the Monte Carlo is distinguished by the dark atmosphere with red accents all around the cabin. It gets sports seats with integrated headrests, a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, black headliner, LED ambient lighting, and carbon-look details on the dashboard.
Optional extras include the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with version-specific graphics, the top-of-the-range Amundsen infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen, a heated steering wheel, and more. The additions bring the Fabia upmarket and more in line with similar sporty variants of rival models including the Renault Clio RS Line, Ford Fiesta ST Line, VW Polo R Line, Toyota Yaris GR Sport etc.
Despite all the looking-fast bits, the Monte Carlo can be combined with four engines from the Fabia range including the naturally aspirated three-cylinder 1.0 MPI with 79 hp (59 kW / 80 PS), the turbocharged 1.0 TSI with 94 hp (70 kW / 95 PS) or 109 hp (81 kW / 110 PS), and the turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5 TSI producing 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS). The latter, exclusively available with the seven-speed DSG gearbox, is the most fitting choice for the Monte Carlo allowing a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 8 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
The Monte Carlo trim combined with the most powerful 1.5-liter engine is likely the sportiest fourth-generation Fabia money can buy since there is very little chance for a Fabia vRS. Skoda didn’t announce pricing for the Fabia Monte Carlo that will be available in Europe in the coming months. Given that this is the new flagship trim, we expect it to be more expensive than the current range.