The new Skoda Kodiaq vRS will make its world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. This is one of the first official pictures released, although Skoda isn’t giving too much away. A sneaky peek at the big alloys and new vRS badge is about all that can be seen, alongside signature LED daytime running lights.
The seven seat Kodiaq vRS is powered by a 239PS, 500Nm biturbo diesel engine – the most powerful production diesel engine in Skoda’s history.
The vRS initials have adorned Skoda’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.
The ‘V’ in vRS references Skoda’s many motorsport ‘victories’ while the initials ‘RS’ stand for Rally Sport, first used in 1974 on the two rally prototypes – the Skoda 180 RS and 200 RS.
In 1975, Skoda 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, Skoda introduced its first vRS production model, the Octavia vRS. Until now the only other model to have been graced with the vRS badge is the Fabia.