Skoda Sunroq concept marks Azubi Car project’s fifth year 6 Jun, 2018 9:30pm Joe Holding

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Students produce roofless Karoq SUV for annual Azubi Car project, opting for Skoda Sunroq name

Skoda has pulled the covers off the latest creation to emerge from its annual Azubi Car project, unveiling a roofless Karoq SUV called the Skoda Sunroq.

23 students from seven different professions teamed up over a period of eight months to develop and construct the car at Skoda’s vocational school in the Czech city of Mlada Boleslav.

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Requiring 1,500 hours of work – much of it completed in the students’ spare time – the Sunroq retains the same length (4,382mm), width (1,811mm) and wheelbase (2,638mm) as the standard Karoq.

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However, the 1.5-litre petrol engine has been modified to produce 161bhp and 279Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-62mph figure of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 121mph.

Sitting on 20-inch alloys, the Sunroq gains shock absorbers from the Octavia vRS, while the ride height has been lowered by 50mm to give the car a sleeker stance. Meanwhile, the exhaust has been adapted to produce a sportier sound.

These changes are in addition to the significant work carried out on the doors, pillars and tailgate, with internal reinforcements required to make up for the removal of the roof.

As a result of these alterations, the boot is now bigger than that it was before the process began, and the removable floor within now conceals a large speaker.

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Skoda Sunroq - students

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The Sunroq is finished in Velvet Red paint, chosen to reflect the sporty nature of the car and its ambition to be “the perfect companion on summer holidays”. Other features include backlit handles, an illuminated badge on the bonnet, a custom indicator light signature, and Skoda logo projections around the base of the car.

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The name, meanwhile, was chosen by the students after customers and fans submitted ideas in a social media campaign. The person who suggested ‘Sunroq’ has since been invited to drive the car.

This is the fifth year of the Skoda Azubi Car project, with previous concepts including the convertible Citijet, Funstar pick-up, Atero coupe and Element electric car.

Like these, the Sunroq will remain a one-off, with no plans to put it into production. However, the Czech brand will tour the roadster at numerous events over the coming months.

Read our review of the Skoda Karoq 1.6 TDI diesel…

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