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Skoda unleashes its powerful new Kodiaq vRS SUV in the UK and Ireland

By Paul Connolly

Skoda has unveiled pricing and spec for its new Kodiaq vRS model, which features the most powerful production diesel engine in the company’s history.

The pinnacle of the Kodiaq range, the vRS will cost from £42,870 on the road, with order books open this week.

That’s a significant £17,000 more than the entry-level Kodiaq SE model - but you do get a whole lot more car for your money.

The vRS, which will be available with either five or seven seats, is the first SUV to wear Skoda’s hi-performance badge and also becomes the performance flagship of the Skoda range.

The car is powered by a twin turbo 2.0 TDI engine, and features a four wheel drive system as standard. Transmission comes in the shape of a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

All of the above combine to allow the Kodiaq vRS to do the sprint from 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds. Top speed is 136mph.

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To ensure that the engine’s performance is delivered to the road smoothly and effectively, all Kodiaq vRS models are equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control and progressive steering as standard.

Kodiaqs are roomy cars and the vRS variant does not disappoint in this regard either. The seven-seater in particular will suit larger families or those frequently chauffeur kids around.

The look is powerful and sporty, helped with some striking external details like 20-inch Xtreme alloy wheels, gloss black finish on the grille and mirrors, dual exhaust pipes, vRS sports bumpers and trademark red brake calipers.

Skoda's redesigned vRS logo is also featured for the first time on a model. It now has a red V and stripe ahead of the RS, in place of the current green. The old logo is being phased out.

Inside, the cabin gets the same premium sports feel, with Alcantara-trimmed sports seats finished with contrast vRS stitching and logo, along with a black roof-lining and vRS stitching for the door panels.

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Skoda says that, to reflect the car’s sporting nature, the Kodiaq vRS’s system includes a special Sport view that places the speedometer in the centre of the display.

The vRS is also the first Skoda model to be offered with fully digital Virtual Cockpit display as standard. Dynamic sound booster and front parking sensors are also standard fit.

Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, order books for the new Kodiaq vRS opened yesterday, and first deliveries are expected across the UK and Ireland in early spring.

The Kodiaq vRS has already notched up a record - it’s the fastest seven-seater SUV around the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany.

Famous racing driver Sabine Schmitz, who is the only woman to have won the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring to date, conquered the track’s 20.83 km-long Nordschleife circuit in 9 minutes 29.84 seconds.

 “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.

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