Skoda Kodiaq RS Clip Shows First Glimpse at the Czech Performance SUV

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A few weeks before its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show, the Skoda Kodiaq RS (vRS) shows for the first time some skin in a short video released by the Czech manufacturer.
The main focus of the clip falls on the full-LED headlights or the virtual cockpit of the car, but there's something else that will make the SUV an worth-mentioning entry at the show: it will use the most powerful production diesel engine in the carmaker’s history.

The unit is a 2.0-liter  four-cylinder TDI that develops 239 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It comes exclusively as the power plant of the RS, with the sound it makes to be enhanced by the Dynamic Sound Boost technology.

A version of the Kodiaq RS equipped with this engine was put through its paces back in May at the Nürburgring. Driven by racing driver Sabine Schmitz, the model managed to set the lap record for a seven-seater SUV: 9:29.84 minutes.

“The Skoda Kodiaq RS is great fun on the track,”
said at the time Sabine Schmitz. “Skoda has made full use of its large SUV’s potential with the Kodiaq RS.”

“I can certainly imagine that I’ll be encountering the Kodiaq RS regularly during my laps around the Nordschleife in future.”

The Skoda Kodiaq was introduced in 2016 as the carmakers first SUV. It is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan and the SEAT Ateca.

In Europe, Skoda sold a little over 600 Kodiaq SUVs in the year it was launched and has climbed to a total of 53,000 units in 2017.

As for the RS, this is the sub-bradn used by Skoda to designate the high-performance vehicles in the line-up. The most successful of the RS cars is the OctaviavRS, which managed to become the fastest car in the world equipped with an up to 2-liter engine.

It happened on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011, when the car reached 365.43 kph (227 mph).

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