12 December 2018
The ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS is the first SUV in ŠKODA’s sporty vRS family and also the new spearhead of the Czech car manufacturer’s SUV campaign. The performance model is powered by the most powerful production diesel engine in ŠKODA history with a power output of 176 kW (240 PS). It demonstrated its capabilities with a record lap time of 9 minutes 29.84 seconds on the toughest race track in the world – the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. The performance SUV is the first ŠKODA to also feature Dynamic Sound Boost for a particularly emotive engine note.
The ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS comes with all-wheel drive as standard. It provides everything the ever-growing target group for powerful SUVs could wish for thanks to its exceptional dynamics both on and off the road as well as its particularly bold appearance. It uniquely combines a modern lifestyle with sportiness; the efficient and powerful diesel engine impresses with its sustainability. With the perfect mix of a dynamic driving experience and excellent suitability for daily use, the KODIAQ vRS is the first SUV to combine the distinguishing qualities of all the ŠKODA vRS models.
Sportiness meets suitability for daily use
From a big shopping trip or a family outing to sporty usage on- and off-road, the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS is well-equipped for almost anything that everyday life can throw at it. The Czech brand’s first performance SUV is aimed at active and design-focused customers. With the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS, they can cultivate their modern lifestyle and highlight it with the car’s sporty appearance. The SUV offers sporty and enjoyable driving on the road thanks to its powerful engine. In addition, it can transport mountain bikes to a remote downhill mountain track in its spacious boot and can easily cope with moving house on a small scale. In a nutshell: the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS combines the qualities of a sporty, long-distance vehicle with those of a robust and very safe family car.
Through the ‘Green-Hell’ in record time
The ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS secured its first record even before its world premiere. Racing driver Sabine Schmitz, who is the only woman to have won the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring to date, conquered the Nürburgring’s 20.832-km-long Nordschleife in 9 minutes 29.84 seconds. The ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS thereby set a lap record for seven-seater SUVs in the legendary ‘Green Hell’.
“The car looks sporty and is sporty to drive. I thought a seven-seater would be difficult to handle on a demanding circuit like the Nordschleife, but it handled like a dream and was easy to drive. I’m impressed,” said Schmitz, who has already driven more than 30,000 laps around the Nordschleife during her career.
ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS with exclusive details
It is not just the brand’s most powerful diesel production engine and Dynamic Sound Boost, which provides a particularly striking sound, that are making their debuts in the new ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS. It is also the first time a ŠKODA features 20-inch Xtreme alloy wheels as standard. Furthermore, the range of standard equipment includes full-LED headlights and LED tail lights. Selected body elements in gloss black underpin the sporty appearance of the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS. In addition to the engine, the 7-speed DSG and intelligent all-wheel drive also contribute to the dynamic driving characteristics; progressive steering as standard ensures particularly safe and agile handling.
Furthermore, the sporty vRS also offers all the advantages of the large ŠKODA SUV. In addition to its spacious boot, the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS provides plenty of room for five or seven occupants, depending on the chosen version. It offers the latest technology for infotainment and connectivity. The car features a Wi-Fi hotspot and enables access to the ŠKODA Connect services. And in ŠKODA-typical style, the KODIAQ vRS also makes everyday driving that little bit easier with numerous Simply Clever features.
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