2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has twin-turbo diesel, sets Nurburgring record

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Further details about the Skoda Kodiaq RS have dripped out ahead of the car’s debut later this year.

The Kodiaq RS, in the hands of Sabine Schmitz, completed a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 9 minutes 29.84 seconds. Skoda claims the Kodiaq RS now has the record for the fastest lap by a seven-seat SUV.

Skoda claims the vehicle piloted by Schmitz had “no special engineering ahead of its record attempt”, and is “precisely the same version that will be unveiled to the public in October”.

Under the bonnet, the Kodiaq RS features the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-litre twin-turbo BiTDI engine, and has 176kW of power on tap. This engine is already used in the top-of-the-line Volkswagen Passat in Europe, and in that car it generates 500Nm of torque.

Full details about the car have to be released, but we know it will include all-wheel drive, adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control, various selectable driving modes, and Dynamic Sound Boost functionality.

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The Skoda Kodiaq RS will make its official public debut at the 2018 Paris motor show, which takes place at the beginning of October.

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