It’s a once in a blue-moon day for Skoda affectionadoes to be really happy. The carmaker has unveiled two RS cars right before the Paris Motor Show 2018. We all recently got acquainted with the Skoda Octavia RS that was launched in our country late last year and the Czech manufacturer has no plans to stop thereafter. One is a seven seat SUV which has already broken the ever-prestigious Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record, the Kodiaq RS.
The other unveil from Skoda is the Vision RS, an interesting concept car that offers a performance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. And with this unveil, we can be rest assured that it sets the stage for upcoming Volkswagen Golf to rival the Ford Focus RS.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS –
Skoda quotes that Kodiaq RS’s engine is the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the Czech firm. The Kodiaq RS is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine with two turbochargers that churns out maximum power of 240bhp at 3,500-4,000 rpm and 500Nm of peak torque at 1,750-3000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7-speed auto dual-clutch transmission and power is sent to all four wheels. The claimed 0-100kmph sprint is 7 sec and the top speed is electronically limited to 220kmph.
Suspension duties are handled by McPherson Struts with lower triangular links at the front axle and and torsion stabiliser and multi-element axle, with longitudinal and transverse links at the rear axle. Suspensions are electronically adjusted. It features hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with disc brakes at front and rear with inner cooling. Progressive steering is also included as standard. It also features adaptive chassis control which comes with six drive modes.
The SUV is fitted with the rough road package to increase the ramp over angle for underbelly protection. The main changes from regular model are subtle design tweaks which include bespoke front and rear bumpers, vRS logos, gloss black body work elements and a new design of 20-inch alloy wheels. The new vRS logo now has a red V and stripe ahead of the RS, in the place of the green that is currently used.
The interior consists of alcantara-covered seats and door trims are standard, along with a carbon fibre-effect instrument panel and ambient LED lighting and foot area illumination. It also features smartlink which lets you connect any external devices supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With entertainment center featuring a sharp and vibrant 8-inch colour touch-screen to display maps and other function, it also offers a USB/Aux-in connection, SD Card Slot, Bluetooth and Smartlink Connectivity.
The device can be used to control the car menu as well. The Kodiaq is equipped with Canton sound system with ten speakers, including a speaker in the dashboard and woofer in the luggage compartment with total power output of a whooping 575 Watt.
The behemoth tips in at 1799kg with a fuel tank capacity of 63 litre. All the external dimensions are shared with the standard Kodiaq. Loading capacity is 270 litres with all the three rows up while it goes all the way up to a massive 2005 litres with the third row folded down. Skoda has offered the Kodiaq RS in four colours – Moon White, Quartz Grey, Lava Blue and Magic Black.
The Skoda Vision RS –
A concept hybrid car that benefits from Skoda Motorsport expertise. The Vision RS sports an aggressive design with butterfly grille at the front, wide headlamps and a bumper with a massive air intake. The rear has equally wide taillights, a massive roof spoiler and carbon-fibre inserts integrated in the bumper. The Skoda Vision RS looks fast, futuristic and appealing. The Vision RS gets carbon inserts in the interiors as well. The space frame design, seemingly floating seats and cut-crystal details point towards the sporty intentions of the car from any angle.
The Vision RS is 4356 mm long, 1810 mm wide and 1431 mm high. The luggage loading capacity is 430 litres, which is marginally more than the current Rapid Spaceback in Europe. The main attribute of the Skoda Vision RS is the hybrid powertrain. It uses a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with a turbo charger that produces 148 bhp combined with a 100 bhp electric motor taking the total power output to 242 bhp.
The Vision RS can lift it’s skirts and sprint from 0-100 kmph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 210 kmph. The electric motor is powered by a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which can be completely charged in just over 2 hours. The hatch can cover up to 70km on battery charge alone. Other than Kodiaq RS and Vision RS, Skoda will be showcasing other offerings that include the Octavia G-TEC, Karoq Scout and the Karoq Sportline at the Paris Motor Show 2018.