The car has garnered our attention already

Skoda has finally thrown some light on the first vRS SUV from its stable. The Kodiaq vRS will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. Skoda has released two official pictures, giving us a preview of what to expect from the explosive beast. The Czech automaker is also set to reveal the new vRS logo! Excited much?

What Do We Know So Far?

Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show
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The new Kodiaq vRS will be powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, diesel engine that produces 235 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Trivia – this happens to be the most powerful production diesel engine in Skoda’s history! This is a significant bump over the stock Kodiaq, which produces 177 horses in the petrol guise. The current Kodiaq zooms from naught to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds; so expect the vRS to be much quicker. As for the other specs, we’ll have to wait till the official unveiling in October. In fact, this car set a record for being the fastest seven-seater at the Nurburgring a couple of months back. To be honest, Skoda has nothing to be proud of.

A Little About The vRS

Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show
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The vRS monikers have been slapped on Skoda’s sportiest production cars since 2000. However, the Kodiaq is the first SUV to join the ‘fast club’; carrying the automaker’s 117-year old motorsport and rally history into the SUV segment. With the Kodiaq vRS’ launch, Skoda will also be revealing the new vRS logo, which is expected to be changed for the first time, since it was first seen on the Octavia vRS.

Our Take

2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS Spyshots Exterior
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All the vRS model up until now have been well received by consumers. Will the Kodiaq also get the same results? It’s a little tough to say because of the fly in the ointment - the diesel engine. Not exactly the smartest move, given Skoda’s cousin is already in the emission scandal soup. Do you think Skoda can manage to disassociate itself from Volkswagen in this aspect? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

Skoda Kodiaq

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

Skoda Kodiaq vRS

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

First vRS SUV from ŠKODA enters the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show
All-wheel drive and 239-PS 2.0 TDI biturbo engine as standard
The first model to bear the new, modern vRS logo
Mladá Boleslav, 23 August 2018 – The new ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS will make its world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. The Czech brand has released the first two official pictures, offering a sneak preview of the first SUV in its vRS portfolio and a glance at the new vRS logo. The seven seat Kodiaq vRS is powered by a 239-PS TDI biturbo engine - the most powerful production diesel engine in ŠKODA’s history.

The vRS initials have adorned ŠKODA’s sportiest production models since 2000. The Kodiaq vRS is the brand’s first SUV to join this elite circle and carries the brand’s 117-year motorsport and rally history into a new vehicle segment; marking this move with a new, modern vRS logo featuring red touches.

Following in the footsteps of the first vRS models from 1974

The ‘V’ in vRS references ŠKODA’s many motorsport ‘victories’ while the initials ‘RS’ stand for Rally Sport, first used in 1974 on the two rally prototypes - the ŠKODA 180 RS and 200 RS. In 1975, ŠKODA developed these into the 130 RS; in 1977, the sports coupé also known as the ‘Porsche of the East’ achieved two victories in its class at the legendary Rallye Monte Carlo and also won the Acropolis Rally. In 2000, ŠKODA introduced its first vRS production model, the Octavia vRS.

The new vRS logo, featuring red touches, will make its debut in Paris on the ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS. The dynamic SUV bears several of the logos, including one on its radiator grille.

All-wheel drive and the most powerful production diesel engine in ŠKODA history

The powerful four-cylinder TDI engine found in the all-wheel-drive SUV generates 176 kW (239 PS) from its 2.0-litre capacity thanks to biturbo charging, and delivers maximum torque of 500 Nm. This makes this engine the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the brand, spanning more than 120 years.

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