Skoda Kodiaq vRS performance SUV smashes Nurburgring ahead of autumn reveal
You can’t call a vehicle a ‘performance model’ without putting it around the Nurburgring, and that’s exactly what Skoda has done with the new Kodiaq vRS, giving us our first glimpse at the long-rumoured SUV.
Hiring racing driver Sabine Schmitz to put the Kodiaq vRS through its paces before Skoda’s new SUV flagship is launched, it allowed us to see the seven-seaters extraordinary performance as it set the Nordschleife record for a seven-seater SUV at 9:29.84 minutes.
Known as something of an expert, Sabine Schmitz is familiar with every one of the 73 corners and 300m of hills across the legendary 20.832-km-long circuit as she is the first and only woman to have won the famous Nurburgring 24-hour race.
She was therefore the obvious choice to pilot the family-friendly seven-seat performance SUV to the finish line in record-breaking time.
“The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is great fun on the track,” said Sabine Schmitz. “Skoda has made full use of its large SUV’s potential.”
Powering the Kodiaq vRS is a new 2.0 BiTDI engine which produces 239 PS. This allows for dynamic power delivery and excellent responsive qualities, even at low engine speed.
In the Kodiaq model range, the 2.0-litre BiTDI diesel engine is exclusively reserved for the vRS, and thanks to Dynamic Sound Boost, the high-torque diesel engine’s power is immediately apparent.
With adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control including Driving Mode Select and progressive steering, the all-wheel-drive vehicle was perfectly equipped for its record-breaking lap at the Nordschleife.
The Skoda Kodiaq vRS will make its official debut in October at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
When it arrives, the Kodiaq will be the second model in Skoda’s vRS line-up behind the Octavia vRS.