Skoda plans to boost power for the 2024 Kodiaq RS

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Skoda recently introduced the 2024 Kodiaq in Berlin, with the Sportline version taking the spotlight as the flagship model. However, reports suggest that an even more potent Kodiaq RS is in the pipeline. The Kodiaq RS, known for its sporty performance, is set to continue into its second generation.

While the previous Kodiaq RS used the Octavia RS’s 242-hp engine, the upcoming version is expected to receive a significant power boost, potentially reaching around 268 hp. This increase in output is substantial compared to the most powerful variant available at the Kodiaq’s launch, which featured a 2.0 TSI engine producing 201 hp. Like its predecessor, the new Kodiaq RS is likely to feature a dual-clutch automatic transmission, delivering power to all four wheels.

Johannes Neft, board member for Technical Development at Skoda, confirmed the plans for a new Kodiaq RS, hinting that it may not necessarily come with a plug-in hybrid setup. Instead, Skoda could opt for a pure gasoline engine. Whether this decision is related to upcoming Euro 7 emissions regulations remains to be seen.

If the next Kodiaq RS indeed produces close to 270 horsepower, it will compete in the same league as the upcoming 2024 Superb. Skoda has already confirmed that the flagship Superb will feature a 2.0 TSI engine with 261 hp, coupled with an AWD system and a seven-speed DSG.

Interestingly, the previous-generation Kodiaq RS still holds the title for the fastest seven-seat SUV around the Nürburgring. The late Sabine Schmitz completed a lap of the challenging Nordschleife in 9 minutes and 29.84 seconds, driving the pre-facelift Kodiaq RS equipped with the 2.0 BiTDI engine.