Skoda Tudor: an Unusual Coupe that Few People Have Heard Of

Back in 1991, Skoda began to take over the Volkswagen group. Since that day, the Czech automaker was simply not allowed to produce sports cars in the coupe body, but no one took away the right from designers and engineers to dream a little bit.

Having introduced the Skoda Superb in 2001, the company’s employees decided to experiment with its design and the Skoda Tudor was born. It was not supposed to enter Skoda’s line-up due to the internal strategy of the conglomerate.

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The car was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2002. It looked like a two-door Superb. It was named after the legendary Skoda 1101 Tudor from 1948. But its story did not end with the motor show in Switzerland. When it was supposed to be demonstrated at the presentation in India, the car was stolen. It was found only a few months later at one of the railway stations.

Skoda’s ex-chief executive Wilfried Bockelmann instructed the company's designers to provide him with alternative models other than the Fabia, the Octavia and the Superb. After a while, they presented the Fabia pickup, the Octavia convertible, and the Superb station wagon. Among these cars was also the Skoda Tudor. The management focused their attention exactly on this model, considering it the most interesting option.

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Having started to design the car in more detail, Skoda’s engineers decided not to spend a lot of time on new development. They took the Superb sedan as a basis, modified its body and added C-shaped taillights, which became the company's hallmark only years later. The car’s interior was also taken from its older brother. However, the body was painted in ivory, which gave the car solidity. There were three displays on the Tudor’s dashboard: one of them was full-fledged onboard computer, the other two were used for climate control and navigation. The Tudor was equipped with Skoda’s most powerful engine – a 2.8-liter 30v V6 engine with 193 hp paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

But this car was never destined to be added into Skoda’s line-up. Who knows what would have happened if the company had managed to implement the Tudor.

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