Skoda have launched its latest addition to the RS family, the Kodiaq RS. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Kodiaq RS will arrive in Ireland in December powered by a new and exclusive 2.0TDI 240hp 4×4 DSG engine and gearbox combination. Skoda says that this will make the Kodiaq RS the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the company.
The Skoda Kodiaq SUV launched in Ireland in March 2017 to unprecedented demand and also scooped the Irish Large SUV of the year award at the Irish Car of the Year awards 2018. Skoda are now set to launch its flagship model in its boisterous RS version. The initials RS stand for ‘Rally Sport’ and were first used in 1974 as part of the brands rally strategy. In 2000, Skoda introduced its first RS production model, the Octavia RS.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS is the brand’s first SUV to join this circle and carries its motorsport and rally history into a new vehicle segment. The Kodiaq RS will also be the first model to bear the new, modern RS logo featuring additional red touches, according to Skoda.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS has already broken records for the fastest seven-seater SUV around the Nürburgring in June this year, with racing driver Sabine Schmitz commending the “Dynamic power delivery and excellent responsive qualities”. The four-cylinder 2.0TDI TDI engine produces 240hp thanks to biturbo charging, and delivers maximum torque of 500 Nm.
In keeping with the RS heritage of Skoda, the Kodiaq RS has aggressive exterior styling. LED headlights, 20″ alloy wheels, specific RS front and rear bumpers, a glossy black front radiator grille, black roof rails, sunset tinted rear and side windows and black window frames complete the dominating sporty road presence. Inside, the sports seats are decorated in Alcantara with specific RS stitching and are electrically adjustable. The Virtual Cockpit customisable electronic instrument cluster will also come as standard while Aluminium pedals, Alcantara door panels and carbon styled decor complete the sporty interior.
Cathal Kealey, PR manager with Skoda commented: “The Octavia RS has appealed to a broad range of people in Ireland from plumbers to barristers and from students to pensioners. Ten per cent of all the Octavia models we sell are RS versions and in Combi version, 20 per cent of the sales are RS models. The RS customer expects power, practicality and value for money and they will be impressed by what the Kodiaq RS has to offer so we expect similar trends to continue when this car arrives later this year.”