The "hot" Kodiaq RS is coming to Paris, too

Skoda’s first RS-badged SUV will be the Kodiaq RS, a mean looking seven-seater with Nurburgring-honed handling. We still haven’t had a good look at it yet, because it’s only been teased via design sketches and one darkened shot of its headlights and grille, but we already know plenty.

Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean
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The Kodiaq RS will receive a unique exterior look with more aggressive looking bumpers, a new blacked-out grille, new LED headlights (a first for a Skoda high rider), and plenty of RS badges on its front and rear. It’s also undeniably going to sit on unique rims not available on any other (lesser) Kodiaq through which you’ll be able to spot its bigger brakes with red calipers.

The latest teaser sketch makes the vehicle appear even more dramatic and sporty than it’s actually going to be, sitting on huge rims.

Skoda will definitely keep the design for production, but they will be nowhere near as big as the ones in the sketch - anything bigger than 20-inch rims shown in one of the teasers would be ridiculous.

Other details to set it apart include the 3D effect grille which Skoda is keen to point out in the press blurbs, and the RS logo, which will be prominently shown inside and out, is now redesigned. The hot Kodiaq is the first vehicle to feature it.

At launch, the Kodiaq RS will be offered solely with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo TDI engine from VW, the most powerful the German automaker makes, packing 240 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque (or exactly 500 Nm). These numbers have not been given the official nod from the manufacturer, but this is what the engine makes in other applications.

Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean
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Fake engine sound will apparently be pumped into the cabin through the speakers, and you’ll get to see revs build on the fully-digital gauge cluster whose sport mode will place the rev counter squarely in the middle - you know, like in a Porsche, to enhance the sporty feel. A gasoline burning power plant may also be offered in the future, but nothing has been made official yet.

Skoda had racing driver Sabine Schmitz drive the Kodiaq RS around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The resulting lap time of 9 minutes 28 seconds doesn’t sound like anything spectacular, it has apparently made the vehicle the fastest seven-seater SUV to ever tackle the fabled track.

The Kodiaq RS will debut in the metal at the 2018 Paris motor show along with more details and full technical specifications.

Further Reading

2017 Skoda Kodiaq High Resolution Exterior
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Read our in-depth review of the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq

2019 Skoda Kodiaq vRS Spyshots Exterior
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Read our speculative review of the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

› The ŠKODA KODIAQ RS transfers a modern, sporty and emotive design into the Czech car manufacturer’s SUV portfolio
› Striking accents emphasise the dynamic appearance of the first RS SUV
› The new, top-of-the-range SUV will soon celebrate its world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

Mladá Boleslav, 20 September 2018 – ŠKODA is offering a first overall impression of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ RS high-performance SUV by releasing two design sketches. Several accents in gloss black accentuate the dynamic appearance of the new, top-of-the-range SUV. It is the first of the brand’s SUVs to bear the RS initials, which adorn ŠKODA’s sportiest models. The emotive design comes alive thanks to the interplay of elegant lines, sporty contours and the typical robust nature of an SUV. The 176 kW (240 PS) ŠKODA KODIAQ RS will make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.

The wide, 3D-effect radiator grille gives the ŠKODA KODIAQ an impressive presence. With a gloss black finish, it brings out the sporty character of the SUV – which is the only model to come with the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the Czech brand. The roof rails, window frames and wing mirrors also shimmer in a sporty black. The KODIAQ RS is ŠKODA’s first SUV to be available in a metallic Race Blue finish. Furthermore, the SUV is the first member of the RS family to bear the new, modern RS logo including a now-red ‘v’ for victory on its radiator grille and rear.

Redesigned front and rear bumpers
ŠKODA has developed new bumpers exclusively for the KODIAQ RS. At the front, the car’s self-assured appearance is emphasised by the crystalline-look, full-LED headlights – which also come as standard. A reflector extending across the entire width of the vehicle is integrated into the rear bumper – a distinguishing feature of all ŠKODA RS models. The exhaust system’s two striking tailpipes are clearly visible below the rear bumper.

First ŠKODA with 20-inch alloys as standard
The KODIAQ RS is the first ŠKODA to include 20-inch alloy wheels in its standard equipment. The anthracite-coloured Xtreme wheels really highlight the SUV’s dynamic driving potential. The braking system, including 17-inch red brake callipers, is also designed for extraordinary driving performance.

With the KODIAQ RS, ŠKODA is transferring the design language of its sporty models into the SUV segment for the first time, thereby creating a unique product identity. The dynamic, top-of-the-range model from the KODIAQ range will be introduced to the public at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.

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