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2015 Apprentices at Škoda

2015 Octavia RS 230
2015 Superb
2014 Fabia
2014 Simply Clever
2014 Yeti
2014 Octavia Combi
2013 Rapid Spaceback
2013 Octavia RS
2012 Citigo
2009 RS 2000
2009 Yeti
2008 Superb
2007 Fabia
2003 Fabia WRC
1999 Fabia
1996 Octavia
1994 Felicia
1987 Favorit
1987 Rapid
1977 130 RS
1974 200 RS Coupe
1972 Spider B5
1971 Super Sport Ferat
1964 1000 MB
1964 Formula 3
1959 Octavia
1957 1100 OHC
1956 1201 STW
1948 1101 Tudor Cabrio
1946 1101 Tudor
1935 935 Dynamic

Skoda Favorit

Skoda Favorit
EngineFour-cylinder in-line
Displacement (bore*stroke)1289 cmł (75,5 mm * 72,0 mm)
Crankshaft3 main bearings
Compression ratio9,7 : 1
Engine controlOhv
Mixture preparationDouble carburettor
Torque100 Nm at 3000 rpm
Performance46 kW (62 HP) at 5000 rpm
TransmissionManual five-speed
Front suspensionMcPherson
Rear suspensionTwist-beam axle
BrakesDiscs, drums
Wheelbase2.450 mm
Turn radius10.500 mm
Wheels165/70 R 13 (4,5")
Length3.815 mm
Width1.620 mm
Height1.415 mm
Drag coefficient (cross section)0,36 (1,82 m˛)
Tank capacity47 litres
Payload volume min/max240/550 litres
Payload420 kg
Kerb weight870 kg + driver
Maximum speed145 km/h
Purchase price11,390 DM
Electric system12 V/ 40 Ah/ 700 W

Already the Škoda Favorit promised the beginning of a change. It was still no turning point, but remarkable in two respects. On one hand, with the Favorit and the estate car variant Forman arised the first front-wheel drive. Since the plannings got underway not till around 1983 and the predecessors were still produced after the rather antiquated rear-engine design, the second big surprise was the breathtaking short development time for a planned economy.

Actually there was a third turning point to a new design that was continued successfully by the successors. It had become somewhat typical of the brand with its skilful angularity and differed significantly from the rounder predecessors. Marc Decamps of the company Bertone was said to have been responsible for it. He is said to have already drawn the Citroën 2CV. But more similarity the Favorit had with later works by Decamps, e.g. Citroën BX.

It must have been a premonition of the coming political events that have also induced other western companies to cooperate with Škoda. So probably Fichtel & Sachs and even Porsche were also involved. One must not forget that there are still the Warsaw Pact in the production year of the Favorit and the purchase price in the still existing Czechoslovakia accounts for almost 30 average monthly salaries. 10/14