Skoda Tudor was impressive 17 years ago and does it even today.
In Skoda’s offer we won’t see any 2-door Coupe. Volkswagen has never agreed to introduce such a model into production since it bought Skoda in 1994, despite many attempts made by designers and the management of the Czech manufacturer.
One of them is a unique model called Tudor, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002. It is nothing more than an elegant, 2 door, 4-seat coupe based on the first generation of Skoda Superb.
This project was developed as part of the challenge by Wilfried Bockelmann, then Head of Technology. He gave all the designers the task of creating a new model based on the current cars on offer – Fabia, Octavia and Superb.
In this way, Fabia Pick-up, Octavia Cabrio, Superb Combi, and the discussed Superb Coupe were created. The last one was the most interesting for Bockelmann.
The model named Skoda Tudor was designed by Zdeněk Cibulka under the supervision of Thomas Ingenlath. Initially it was designed as a 1:4 scale model, and then, after approval, the car was built as a real model.
The car had the same front as the original model and all changes occurred behind the B-pillar. The Tudor has a noticeable ribbing and calmly falling lines. After 17 years since its launch, it still looks interesting and if it went into production, it would certainly be in demand today in the second-hand car market.
Skoda Tudor Concept was the first Skoda model to have a C-shaped rear lights, which today are one of the brand’s characteristic features of all models.
Under the hood of the model was a 2.8 liter V6 engine with 193 hp and 280 Nm of maximum torque. This was the most powerful engine available in the first generation of Skoda Superb. The drive was transmitted to the front axle via a 5-speed manual transmission.
The car almost disappeared for good after a presentation in India. Someone assaulted the event and Tudor was stolen “in a series of unfortunate circumstances”. The sign of it was lost and everything indicated that the only prototype would never return to the Skoda headquarters.
A few months later, the police found the car at the railway station and after the required refreshment, the car went to the Mezeum in Mlada Boleslav, where it is still standing today.