Volkswagen apprentices showed their skills during Worthersee and now it’s time for the Czech affiliate to demonstrate it has skilled students in training.
The Atero Coupe one-off has been developed starting from an unassuming Skoda Rapid Spaceback, and represents the culmination of around 1, 700 hours of work nailed by 26 Skoda students. Their talent has been demonstrated by turning the vehicle into a compact, two-door coupe with a rackish roofline. The rework included the push-back of the B pillar and the update of the C pillars for the sloped angle of the roofline – for a sleek coupe side profile. The front fascia has also been reworked – LED headlights and a modified hood comes with its own set of sporty vents. The front bumper has also been refreshed with red accents over the black background. The back bumper is now home to dual exhaust tips taken from the Octavia RS and there’s also a red trunk lid spoiler. The latter shares some connections with the quirky Audi A2 when viewed from a specific angle.
Although the added sporty elements such as the hood vents or the dual exhaust would imply we’re dealing with an upgraded powertrain as well, the reality is under the bonnet sits the regular turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 125 horsepower (92 kilowatts). The power is channeled through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission to the Octavia-snatched 18-inch Turini alloys. Skoda added the cabin has been enhanced with a 14-speaker sound system with a total power of 1,400 watts and a trunk-mounted, 400-watt subwoofer. There are also additional touches – such as red accents or the addition of LED ambient lighting.