A popular model within the Skoda Fabia range, the sporty Monte Carlo model, makes its return to Australia with the Rapid badge, slotting between the just-released new compact Fabia and mid-size Octavia.

Following the Rapid Spaceback launch in Australia in May, and replacing the Elegance variant, the Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo offers customers a higher level of specification above the standard Rapid model. There is a raft of sports-themed visual cues and an upgraded Euro 6 emission rated 92kW TSI engine, as part of Skoda Australia’s model year 16 upgrades.

Rapid Elegance Monte Carlo, is available with a 81TSI or a new 92TSI engine. The 81TSI comes with manual gearbox for $22,990, plus on-road costs; the 92TSI, with its DSG automatic transmission sells for $25,790.

Monte Carlo is instantly recognisable, with 17-inch black Savio alloy wheels and xenon headlights. There are black headlight and foglight surrounds, a black grille, black side mirrors and an extended glass tailgate.


Inside the Monte Carlo’s cockpit, the special touches continue; with a panoramic glass roof, privacy glass, carbon-style dashboard inserts, a black instrument clusters and Monte Carlo door sill trims.

The Rapid Monte Carlo comes with some safety and convenience features above the standard Rapid. These include rear parking sensors, light assist, rain sensing wipers, front foglights with cornering function and height adjustable driver and passenger seats.

Welcoming the return of the Monte Carlo nameplate Down Under, Michael Irmer, Director of Skoda Australia, says, “The Fabia Monte Carlo was a great car in our range and one that customers loved.


“We’re pleased to be introducing a new Monte Carlo to our range, this time offering the unique upgrades to the extremely versatile Rapid model.”

The Rapid Monte Carlo is available to order now from Skoda Australia’s dealer network, with vehicles due to arrive in the coming months.

About Derek Ogden

On graduating with an honours degree in applied science in London, Derek Ogden worked for the BBC in local radio and several British newspapers as a production journalist and writer. Derek moved to Australia in 1975 and worked as a sub-editor with The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail in Brisbane, moving to the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1980 where he continued as a production journalist. He was the paper's motoring editor for more than 20 years, taking the weekly section from a few pages at the back of the book to a full-colour liftout of up to 36 pages. He left the publication in 2009.
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