For those who’re out there for a performance-oriented compact crossover, then it’s possible you’ll need to wait a bit earlier than making a deposit, as a result of the Skoda Kodiaq RS (or vRS within the U.Ok.) is lastly occurring.
The mannequin was formally confirmed by Skoda in a couple of official photographs and a video, which present a prototype within the fingers of none apart from Sabine Schmitz.
The Nurburgring Queen bought the possibility to see what the Skoda Kodiaq RS is made from on the well-known German observe. And he or she wasn’t alone on this journey, as she had Frantisek Drabek performing as a co-driver, the person accountable for the Kodiaq RS undertaking.
Skoda received’t drop any engine specs or efficiency numbers simply but, however guarantees to disclose the remainder of the ‘Ring story this Thursday. We don’t know if that’s after they plan to have fun its on-line presentation, too, so we’ll simply have to attend and see. It’s more likely to make its first public presence on the 2018 Paris Auto Present in October.
Spy picture debut
Along with the official footage, we additionally bought our fingers as we speak on a slew of spy photographs that would trick some into considering that it’s the Sportline mannequin. Nevertheless, they’d be incorrect, as a result of components of the entrance and rear bumpers have black vinyl wraps to try to disguise the delicate variations, and the massive exhaust ideas seem like very actual this time.
Elsewhere, the ultimate manufacturing model may additionally get the black therapy on the grille, with the obligatory RS badging, on the roof rails and possibly different components of the outside, alongside darkish lighting items on each ends.
The cabin isn’t seen within the first scoops, however it would possible include particular black trim, identical to the Octavia RS, distinction stitching and highlights, and the everyday RS / vRS badging.
It’s been rumored that Skoda will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine from the Euro-spec Volkswagen Passat for the Kodiaq RS. If that’s certainly the case, then it might get a lift over the Passat’s 240PS (237hp / 177kW) and greater than 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque, channeled to each axles via a DSG transmission. A gasoline engine – possible based mostly on the Octavia RS / VW Golf GTI’s 245PS 2.0-liter turbocharged 4, hasn’t been dominated out, but.
As Skoda selected to not make the Fabia RS anymore, for monetary causes, the Kodiaq RS would be the second member of the agency’s performance-oriented household, after the Octavia RS.
Spy Photograph Credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for CarScoops