Skoda Atero Concept

Recently, Skoda the Czech Republic-based subsidiary of
Volkswagen released a stunning coupe that can lineup side by
side with most of the latest coupes in the market without
looking any bit odd. The 2-door Coupe is the brainchild of a
team of apprentices from the Skoda school. The students started
with the 5-door Skoda Rapid Spaceback and 1,700 hours later the
result was this eye-catching coupe. After seeing the car, I was
taken away and hoped Skoda would consider taking it into
production. However, during the debut, the automaker was quick
to point out that the Atero concept would not make it to
production. The automaker went a step further to clarify that
there are no plans for a coupe in the coming days.

The design was chosen among 90 entries in Skoda’s in-house
competition by Skoda students. In fact, no individuals in the
26-member group had met each other before the competition. Read
along to find out what these young students did:

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Skoda Atero Concept Exterior

The students derived their inspiration from the 1984 Rapid
coupe which was rear-engined. However, the Skoda Atero Concept
only shares its fastback profile with the former. The new
fastback profile is accented by a red spoiler which makes the
model look very attractive.

If you are an automobile geek, you will notice that the vehicle
is somewhat un-proportional. This is because the model is based
on a wheelbase of a 5-door hatch. To convert the hatch into the
stunning coupe, the students did a lot of wielding.  They
first had to remove the rear doors and enlarge the front doors
to ease entry to the rear seats. The students also relocated
the B pillars.

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In addition, the students also had to turn the hatch’s tailgate
to a deck-lid. Though the students did an excellent job, they
had to be assisted by the Skoda’s prototype shop to craft the
part of the bodywork where the rear wing and the roof meet.
This resulted in slender D pillars which had to be designed in
a way to hold the large rear window. All other parts of the car
were the hard work of these amazing students… I wish I got such
an apprenticeship during my college days.

Typical of youngsters, the students hooked up the model with a
dose of attractive lighting patterns.  These patterns
start with LED inserts on the bonnet vents, LED under-body
illumination in addition to LED headlights that glow red and
LED taillights. Other features include Black Magic paintwork, a
new exhaust system 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Skoda Atero Concept Interior

Not much was said of the cabin. However, due to the fact that
it is based on a hatchback, the interior is very spacious
compared to regular coupes.  The students also used
multicolor upholstery on the dash and seats while the doors and
the center console feature a fabric trim.

The cabin is specifically tuned with young drivers in mind…or
we can say the students built an interior to suit their tastes.
As such, the cabin looks elegant with a sporty touch. The most
striking feature is the 1,800 watts 14-speaker super-loud audio
system.

As if that was not enough, the students added attractive LED
lights on the boot where the speakers of the sound system are
tucked in.

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Engine and performance

I must say that I was rather disappointed to learn of the
engine the Skoda Atero Concept features under its beautiful
hood.  Surely, they should have hooked up the Atero with
more fire power.

Rather, the model is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4 L,
4-cylinder engine which produces only 125 horses which is sent
to the front wheels. Doing the channeling is a dual-clutch
automatic transmission system with shift paddles. The automaker
did not release details of the engine’s performance which are
not all that important since it won’t make it into production.

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Release date

As said above, Skoda has confirmed that neither will the model
make it to production and nor does it preview an upcoming
coupe. However, we understand that the Atero name has been
copyrighted meaning we might see this name on a Skoda car in
future.

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