2021 Skoda Slavia open-top concept revealed
The well-established Skoda Student Car project has created its seventh unique model – the Scala-based roadster Slavia.
While not intended as a series production model, the 2021 Skoda Slavia is the flagship project of the Mladá Boleslav mechanical engineering vocational school of the Czech company, which trains students in different disciplines to embark on a career in Skoda.
For previous examples like last year’s Mountiaq pick-up and Atero coupé, the students are invited to build their dream car together annually. A team of 31 trainees who wanted to convert the current Scala hatchback into a ‘sporty spider’ designed the Slavia.
Named after the bicycles created by the founders of Skoda, Václav Laurin, and Václav Klement, the 2021 Skoda Slavia features a body style influenced by the 1957 Skoda 1100 OHC sports concept – an open-top two-seater that weighs only 550 kg and was designed for endurance rallies.
The students took a Scala hatchback and reinforced the underbody, removed the roof, and welded the rear doors in place. The two-door model has become a two-seater with a tailor-made rear seat cover featuring twin humps in the speedster theme paired with a new rear spoiler.
Alongside a tweaked exhaust, the 2021 Skoda Slavia also uses 20-inch alloy wheels from Kodiaq vRS, as well as an Octavia vRS braking system and wheel hubs. A three-layer White Crystal Blue pearlescent paint finish features neon-blue highlights, while programmable sill LEDs bathe the car in the Czech flag’s three colors.
Within, there are four-point seatbelts with a perforated leather finish and Sparco racing seats. Advanced leather trimming works include various interior components like a double-tone steering wheel. Finally, there’s a black leather parcel shelf with two embroidered lions covering two bass speakers, offering 2.250W of subwoofer production.
Closer to home, in the coming months, Skoda is expected to reintroduce its iconic SUV – the Kodiaq. The BS6 model will only be available with the option of a single-engine – a new 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine with 190hp.
The all-new Octavia executive sedan from Skoda is also scheduled to join the line-up in India early next year. This will be followed by the launch of the concept-based Vision IN mid-size SUV-the first model built on the India-specific MQB A0-IN platform of VW Group.
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