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Efficiency SUV will cement Skoda’s vRS arm, sitting alongside current Octavia vRS; it has been put to the take a look at on the ‘Ring

The upcoming Skoda Kodiaq vRS scorching SUV has been confirmed to be powered by a 2.Zero-litre diesel biturbo engine delivering 237bhp and 369lb ft of torque, already used within the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Improvement of the upcoming scorching Skoda Kodiaq vRS is nicely below method, forward of its launch later this yr on the Paris motor present. Autocar confirmed the mannequin final yr, and spy photographers beforehand caught the primary glimpse of the automobile testing on the Nürburgring, forward of its record-breaking run. Skoda has proven the automobile’s inside forward of its motor present debut, revealing the supply of a DSG automated gearbox, anticipated to be provided as customary on the efficiency SUV. 

Shut-up particulars of the automobile, in addition to a full sketch, have been proven forward of its official unveiling, in addition to murky photographs which reveal solely somewhat of the automobile’s styling within the steel.

It is the primary Skoda to get the model’s Dynamic Sound Increase system, which amplifies the engine be aware contained in the cabin relying on drive mode. Skoda has additionally confirmed that the automobile will get full LED headlights and Volkswagen Group’s Digital Cockpit digital dashboard as customary. Skoda’s Race Blue shade may also be accessible on the Kodiaq vRS – a primary for any Skoda SUV.

The VW Tiguan 2.Zero BiTDi BMT 240 4Motion, with which the Kodiaq vRS shares its engine, produces 240bhp and equivalent torque. These assist the Tiguan speed up to 62mph in 6.5sec — or the identical as a current-generation Ford Focus ST or Lotus Elise Sport. Prime velocity is 142mph — the identical as a Ford Fiesta ST200. It is not but confirmed if the engine will make it into the subsequent Octavia vRS, due in 2020, however that automobile will doubtless nonetheless get a diesel providing, as nearly all of its gross sales are diesels. 

The Kodiaq vRS is more likely to come shut to those figures however, given its further heft, in all probability will not match them. By comparability, the Octavia vRS TDI 4×4, which has 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque, reaches 62mph in 7.6sec and likewise tops out at 142mph. 

Skoda has additionally confirmed that the Kodiaq will usher in a brand new vRS emblem, with a purple V and stripe forward of the RS, rather than the inexperienced presently used. This emblem will exchange the present model emblem on all vRS fashions sooner or later.

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The efficiency SUV is more likely to get the four-wheel drive system from the Octavia vRS as customary, moderately than being provided in front-wheel drive kind with 4WD as an choice.

The new Kodiaq set the lap file for quickest seven-seat SUV across the notorious circuit, finishing the 12.94-mile Nordschleife in 9:29.84 minutes – 2:43.96 minutes slower than the four-wheel drive lap file set by the Nio EP9 final yr, and 1:38.14 minutes slower than the present SUV lap file holder, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Famed ‘Ring driver Sabine Schmitz was behind the wheel.

It is going to be the second mannequin in Skoda’s vRS line-up, which presently solely consists of the Octavia vRS. The UK and Germany might be gross sales scorching spots for the new Kodiaq on condition that, in Britain, 20% of Octavia gross sales are of the vRS model.

Skoda has confirmed that the Kodiaq vRS may also get Dynamic Chassis Management – the VW Group’s adaptive suspension system used throughout high-end vehicles within the VW, Seat and Skoda manufacturers. It will supply totally different drive modes, much like the Octavia vRS, so Eco, Consolation, Regular and Sport will all characteristic. It is not but clear if off-road centered drive modes may also characteristic. 

Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier confirmed to Autocar earlier this yr that there might be a Skoda Kodiaq vRS later this yr, however remained coy about its efficiency arm past that. He stated: “VRS has been profitable for various years in some markets. That’s the reason we’re enthusiastic about it for different fashions as nicely. We’ve our largest marketing campaign but forward of us by 2020. We’ve to filter out which concepts clients need most and which assist the model finest.”

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The model beforehand bought a Fabia vRS, earlier than ending manufacturing in 2013 as a result of poor gross sales. Nonetheless, Skoda is known to be planning a return to the new hatchback market with a Fabia vRS hybrid in 2020.

Learn extra: 

Skoda to launch scorching Kodiaq vRS SUV subsequent yr

Volkswagen Group hybrid scorching hatches due from 2020

Skoda Fabia vRS axed

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.Zero TDI DSG 4×4 overview


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