Skoda isn’t an automaker North Americans think about very often, but if the automaker would produce something a bit more like the polarizing Audi R8-based R200 Non-Fiction, they’d probably start to take notice. The oddly styled supercar, built by Czech company Metal Hoffmann, is designed to pay homage to the highly successful rear-engined Skoda 130 RS rally car, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
This isn’t some poorly made aftermarket tuner special, thankfully, as Metal Hoffman happens to work with several major automakers on production projects. Everything appears pretty well put together, and oddly enough, we love the throwback Euro styling, squared off nose and all.
The R200 is powered by Audi’s mid-mounted 4.2-liter V8, which is paired with the automaker’s undeniably cool gated six-speed manual. Car Scoops estimates its performance will be on par with the standard R8 V8, so 0-62 mph will be over with in 4.6 seconds and its top speed will probably be no more than 186 mph.
If you want one, and we wouldn’t blame you, you’ll have to fork over a good amount of cash. Metal Hoffman director Marek Hoffmann says they’ll sell for about $273,000, and only 2 vehicles will be built per month.