Skoda Australia has announced the pricing and specification of its new twin-turbo Kodiaq RS range-topper, which is currently the fastest 7-seat SUV on the Nürburgring.
Offered as a single and highly-specified model, the hot SUV will arrive in Australia priced from $65,990 before on-road costs, making it the most expensive model in Skoda’s local line-up.
It also pushes the model into the territory of entry-level premium SUVs such as the BMW X3 and Lexus NX, although they pale in comparison to the Kodiaq RS’ grunt and equipment.
Justifying the extra outlay is a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine producing 170kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It boasts a much broader torque band than typical diesel engines thanks to the turbochargers operating in series. Skoda has also tweaked the cylinder head, block and combustion chamber to give it a sportier character.
Power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with sport mode. The Kodiaq RS also gets electronically adjustable dampers and bigger brakes.
The extra coins also buy a generous level of equipment, including a digital instrument cluster, leather and Alcantara-trimmed electric sports seats, tri-zone climate control, active cruise control, sat-nav and smartphone mirroring.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS is available for order now, with first deliveries scheduled for February 2020.
Skoda Kodiaq RS pricing (excluding on-road costs):
- Skoda Kodiaq RS: $65,990
- Metallic paint: $770
- Panoramic roof: $1,900
- Metal side steps: $1,300