Development of the upcoming hot Skoda Kodiaq vRS is well under way, ahead of its launch later this year at the Paris motor show. Autocar confirmed the model last year, and spy photographers previously caught the first glimpse of the car testing at the Nürburgring, ahead of its record-breaking run. Close-up details of the car, as well as a full sketch, have been shown ahead of its official unveiling, as well as murky shots which reveal only a little of the car's styling in the metal.
It's the first Skoda to get the brand's Dynamic Sound Boost system, which amplifies the engine note inside the cabin depending on drive mode. Skoda has also confirmed that the car will get full LED headlights and Volkswagen Group's Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard as standard. Skoda's Race Blue shade will also be available on the Kodiaq vRS - a first for any Skoda SUV.
The VW Tiguan 2.0 BiTDi BMT 240 4Motion, with which the Kodiaq vRS shares its engine, produces 240bhp and identical torque. These help the Tiguan accelerate to 62mph in 6.5sec — or the same as a current-generation Ford Focus ST or Lotus Elise Sport. Top speed is 142mph — the same as a Ford Fiesta ST200. It's not yet confirmed if the engine will make it into the next Octavia vRS, due in 2020, but that car will likely still get a diesel offering, as the majority of its sales are diesels.