Skoda adds new Monte Carlo and L&K models

4 Mar, 2014 12:14pm Tom Phillips

Skoda models boosted with the addition of sporty Monte Carlo and luxurious L&K models

Skoda’s star of the Geneva Motor Show was the new VisionC concept, which shows the latest evolution of the firm’s design language.

However, it wasn't the only new metal on show in Geneva. Alongside the new Octavia Scout, Skoda also unveiled the new, range-topping Octavia L&K models, plus expanded its sporty Monte Carlo trim level from three to five models.

New Skoda Octavia L&K

The Octavia L&K takes its name from Laurin & Klement, the founders of Skoda. The trim level will become available on both the Octavia hatch and Estate.

Standard equipment will include 18-inch alloys, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights.

Inside, you get a multifunction steering wheel, leather/Alcantara seats, an uprated stereo and extra decorative trim.

The new Octavia L&K will be available with three engines, the 1.8 TSI petrol and two versions of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel

The petrol model comes with a choice of six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes, and the latter will also be available with four-wheel drive. The 1.8 TSI with 6-speed DSG is also available with all-wheel drive.

The lower-power diesel will be available with a manual transmission and four-wheel drive, while the high-power diesel with DSG and four-wheel drive will top the range when it arrives later in 2014.

Five Skoda Monte Carlo models

Skoda’s Monte Carlo models have sold well in Fabia form, so the firm has expanded the sporty trim level to the Citigo, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback ranges, in addition to the existing Fabia and Fabia estate models.

These cars are marked out by black alloys in sizes from 15 to 17 inches and dark-tinted rear windows. The Yeti and the Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlos also have a black roof.

The interiors of the Monte Carlo models have a special red-stitched steering wheel, black interior trim and sports seats.

The Monte Carlo models add a more distinctive look, and are intended to represent Skoda’s successes in motorsport. Last year, Skoda achieved one of the most successful years in its motorsport history, with Czech driver Jan Kopecky winning the European Rally Championship, Indian star Gaurav Gill taking the Asia-Pacific Rally series, and Paraguayan driver Gustavo Saba winning the South American Rally Championship all in Fabia S2000s.

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'Sporty' and 'luxurious' in the same sentence as Skoda? Guess, Tom, are you writing comparatively, figuratively or oxymoronically?

Umm, hate to tell you this, but times have changed mate, we're in 2014 now, not 1985. vRS and Laurin & Klement, the sporty and the luxurious models of the brand have been around years. Have you been hiding under a rock?

Stupid comment. Go check them out at your local retailers, idiots like you living in the past are thankfully of the minority.

You had better watch out, the stormtroopers appear to be on the march!

Indeed which is why no self respecting car enthusiast would ever consider a Skoda!
You can see how desperate they are to try and make the little box above slightly youthful by slapping on some riduculous stickers and large alloys that look totally out of place.

And I see the DS driving old fogey is back after his promise to quit!

How's your Mito, is it rusting in pieces due to the rain we've had this winter?

And every time you post, you justify my comments!

Like I said earlier, all you are doing is proving another point -BMW drivers are the biggest bellends going. Stop being a troll and get back to your repmobile with its nasty old fashioned rear wheel drive.

Incidentally AE I don't think Laurin and Klement were the founders of Skoda but were taken over by the latter in the mid-twenties. No more relevant really to the present situation than the Hispano Suizas which Skoda once made under licence.

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