At the 2018 Paris motor show Skoda will fully unveil its most powerful and sporting diesel SUV to date, the new Kodiaq vRS. The company’s sporting intent has to be admired as it will also debut its Vision RS Concept at the show, demonstrating that the Czech manufacturer hasn’t deserted the performance end of the automotive sector.
The Kodiaq vRS is powered by a 2-litre biturbo four-cylinder diesel developing 237bhp and 369lb ft of torque. It’s the most powerful diesel engine in the company’s history and endows the Kodiaq vRS with a seven-second 0-100kph time as well as a top speed of 220kph. It also managed to haul itself around the Nordschleife in a whisker under nine and half minutes.
That 2-litre diesel is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and intelligent all-wheel drive with an electronic differential lock that can transfer up to 85 per cent of available torque to just one wheel or power the front wheels only when under light loads. There are four driving modes to choose from – Eco, Comfort, Normal and Sport – and these are linked to a ‘Dynamic Sound Boost’ system to provide a muted or sporting soundtrack in the cabin, depending on the active driving mode.