Skoda Australia has confirmed the Kodiaq RS will be available locally by the end of 2019.
After being revealed at last year’s Paris motor show, the Kodiaq RS was initially designated for cold climate markets only. Skoda’s Australian technical team collaborated with the Czech factory to reset the market's technical category for Australia. As a result, our market has now been reclassified as 'moderately hot country'.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel developing 176kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Skoda points out this is the most powerful diesel engine ever fitted to one of its cars.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to an on-demand all-wheel drive system. According to Skoda, the Kodiaq RS can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds.
In 2018, German race driver and Nürburgring 24 Hours winner, Sabine Schmidt, lapped the Nordschleife in the Kodiaq RS in 9 minutes 29.84 seconds, setting a new seven-seat SUV record.
Equipment highlights include unique 20-inch 'Xtreme' alloy wheels accented by red brake callipers, blacked-out mirrors, roof rails and grille with RS badging, premium leather interior with RS logo stitched in the front seat headrests, and a digital instrument cluster.
Full specification and pricing will be available closer to the local launch.
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