The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS – Coming Soon
Press release from ŠKODA AUTO
12 December 2018
We’re excited to announce that the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS is making its way to Miles Continental as an exciting addition to the Kodiaq range. While the date of delivery and information about the variants coming to New Zealand are yet to be confirmed, we wanted to share with you the most recent information released by ŠKODA AUTO. Some of the features mentioned in this article may vary from the vehicle variants released to the New Zealand market.
The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS is the first SUV in ŠKODA’s sporty RS family and also the new spearhead of the Czech car manufacturer’s SUV campaign. The performance model is powered by the most powerful production diesel engine in ŠKODA history with a power output of 176 kW (240 PS). It demonstrated its capabilities with a record lap time of 9 minutes 29.84 seconds on the toughest race track in the world – the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. The performance SUV is the first ŠKODA to also feature Dynamic Sound Boost for a particularly emotive engine note.
- The first SUV in the long history of ŠKODA’s Rally Sport family
- The Kodiaq RS is the new spearhead of the Czech car manufacturer’s SUV campaign
- The 176 kW (240 PS) diesel engine combines top performance, lifestyle and sustainability
- Dynamic Sound Boost reiterates the emotiveness of the most powerful Kodiaq variant
- With a record lap time of 9 minutes 29.84 seconds on the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife, the Kodiaq is the fastest seven-seater SUV
The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS comes with all-wheel drive as standard. It provides everything the ever-growing target group for powerful SUVs could wish for thanks to its exceptional dynamics both on and off the road as well as its particularly bold appearance. It uniquely combines a modern lifestyle with sportiness; the efficient and powerful diesel engine impresses with its sustainability. With the perfect mix of a dynamic driving experience and excellent suitability for daily use, the Kodiaq RS is the first SUV to combine the distinguishing qualities of all the ŠKODA RS models.
“We began our SUV campaign two years ago with the Kodiaq. It is ŠKODA’s first large SUV and a real alternative. With the rugged Kodiaq SCOUT and the dynamic Kodiaq SPORTLINE, we are continuing our tried and tested derivative strategy in this segment too. The Kodiaq RS is the new sporty spearhead in the segment. Every customer can find exactly the right vehicle to suit their taste and needs.” Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA AUTO CEO
Sportiness meets suitability for daily use
From a big shopping trip or a family outing to sporty usage on- and off-road, the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS is well equipped for almost anything that everyday life can throw at it. The Czech brand’s first performance SUV is aimed at active and design-focused customers. With the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS, they can cultivate their modern lifestyle and highlight it with the car’s sporty appearance. The SUV offers sporty and enjoyable driving on the road thanks to its powerful engine. In addition, it can transport mountain bikes to a remote downhill mountain track in its spacious boot and can easily cope with moving house on a small scale. In a nutshell: the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS combines the qualities of a sporty, long-distance vehicle with those of a robust and very safe family car.
Through the ‘Green Hell’ in record time
The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS secured its first record even before its world premiere. Racing driver Sabine Schmitz, who is the only woman to have won the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring to date, conquered the Nürburgring’s 20.832 km long Nordschleife in 9 minutes 29.84 seconds. The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS thereby set a lap record for seven-seater SUVs in the legendary ‘Green Hell’.
“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.
ŠKODA Kodiaq RS with exclusive details
It is not just the brand’s most powerful diesel production engine and Dynamic Sound Boost, which provides a particularly striking sound, that are making their debuts in the new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS. It is also the first time a ŠKODA features 20 inch Xtreme alloy wheels as standard. Furthermore, the range of standard equipment includes full LED headlights and LED tail lights. Selected body elements in gloss black underpin the sporty appearance of the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS. In addition to the engine, the 7 speed DSG and intelligent all wheel drive also contribute to the dynamic driving characteristics; progressive steering as standard ensures particularly safe and agile handling.
Furthermore, the sporty RS also offers all the advantages of the large ŠKODA SUV. In addition to its spacious boot, the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS provides plenty of room for five or seven occupants, depending on the chosen version. It offers the latest technology for infotainment and connectivity. The car features a Wi Fi hotspot and enables access to the ŠKODA Connect services. And in ŠKODA-typical style, the Kodiaq RS also makes everyday driving that little bit easier with numerous Simply Clever features.
Engine: Kodiaq RS features the most powerful diesel engine in ŠKODA history
- Exclusive 2.0 TDI with a power output of 176 kW (240 PS) and torque of 500 Nm
- Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 221 km/h thanks to two stage turbocharging
- New Dynamic Sound Boost provides the engine with three sounds
The engine of the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS is a new milestone in the history of the brand from Mladá Boleslav, which spans more than 120 years. With its power output of 176 kW (240 PS) and maximum torque of 500 Nm, the engine exclusively available in the new performance SUV is the most powerful diesel engine used in a ŠKODA production vehicle to date.
The core of the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS’s powerful 2.0 TDI is its two-stage biturbo technology. The 2 litre engine features two complementary turbochargers connected in series. The first is a high-pressure exhaust gas turbocharger with a small turbine, a small compressor wheel and electronic turbine blade adjustment. This structure allows for an immediate response, even at lower engine speeds. The second turbo is a low-pressure charger. With its large turbine and compressor wheel, it achieves a considerably higher boost pressure of up to 3.8 bar at high engine speeds, which increases the engine output considerably. At lower engine speeds, the chargers work in two stages. The low-pressure charger is responsible for the pre-compression of the air drawn in; the high-pressure charger is responsible for the main compression. At high engine speeds, only the low-pressure charger is used in single-stage operation. Structured in this way, the turbo system guarantees continuous power output with a short reaction time and high peak values.
Great driving performance with low consumption
Thanks to the biturbo technology, the 2.0 TDI already delivers its maximum torque of 500 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm; the peak power output is 176 kW (240 PS). This gives the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS great driving performance. The all-wheel-drive SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds (five-seater) and has a top speed of 221 km/h.
The 2.0 TDI is powerful, yet extremely efficient. Average fuel consumption is just 6.4 litres of diesel per 100 km*, which equates to CO2 emissions of 167 g/km*. The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS is fitted with an oxidation catalytic converter and a diesel particulate filter directly on the engine as well as an SCR catalytic converter for exhaust gas treatment and fulfils the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standards. In order to achieve these figures, ŠKODA AUTO has implemented numerous technical measures, used direct injection in the biturbo and has integrated a Stop-Start system as well as brake energy recovery. The elaborate thermo-management system with a switchable coolant pump also has a consumption-reducing effect. The system quickly brings the engine to the desired operating temperature after the engine has started.
ŠKODA’s decision to use a diesel engine for a high-performance vehicle such as the Kodiaq RS is justified by its numerous advantages. The target group for large SUVs such as the ŠKODA Kodiaq is cost-conscious. Thanks to the low consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 km*, running costs remain below those of a comparable petrol engine despite the high level of driving performance, and CO2 emissions are considerably lower.
In addition, thanks to its higher torque, the diesel is better suited to towing a horse box or boat trailer, for example. In total, 57 per cent of the engines in the Kodiaq model range worldwide are diesels.
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