Skoda has unveiled the Kodiaq RS, the high-performance version of the Czech brand’s seven-seat Kodiaq SUV.
Visually, Skoda has spruced up the Kodiaq RS’ styling cues to match its newfound performance. Changes over the regular model consist of a sporty bodykit with red-accented front and rear bumpers, black side skirts, black RS-badged grille, dual exhaust outlets and a black rear diffuser. There are also 20-inch wheels styled after those on the smaller Octavia RS, as well as 17-inch brakes.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 176kW of power and 500Nm of torque, sent to all wheels through a seven-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 0-100km/h sprint is covered in seven seconds, on toward a top speed of 220km/h. In the hands of legendary racing driver Sabine Schmitz, the hot Skoda lapped the Nurburgring Nordscleife in 9 minutes and 29.84 seconds.
Other mechanical additions include Dynamic Chassis Control with six drive modes (Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual and Snow), progressive steering, a variable all-wheel-drive system and a feature called ‘Dynamic Sound Boost’, which pumps audio through the interior speakers that complement the engine’s physical exhaust note.
Speaking of the interior, it features new Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, black suede headliner, leather flat-bottomed steering wheel, red contrast stitching, alloy pedals and carbon-fibre-look trim. The RS also gets the same technology as the regular Kodiaq, as well as new RS-specific Sport displays.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS goes on sale in Europe soon. An Australian launch has not been confirmed at this stage, due to our ‘hot weather’ designation within the Volkswagen Group.