Following shortly behind the model’s efforts with the Octavia vRS saloon, Abt Sportsline has turned its consideration to Skoda’s largest providing, the Kodiaq SUV. Although fettling such a mannequin for efficiency would often be questionable, the vRS variant holds the quickest time for a seven-seat SUV across the Nürburgring – a pointless title, maybe, however one which demonstrates its capacity nonetheless.
Beneath the bonnet, the mannequin’s twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel energy plant, a unit additionally discovered within the Volkswagen Tiguan, is turned up from 236bhp and 369lb ft of torque to 266bhp and 398lb ft (up 29bhp and 29lb ft), with energy despatched to the bottom via a seven-speed DSG gearbox, fitted as commonplace in all vRS Kodiaqs. This energy bump interprets to a 0.2sec enchancment in 0-62mph time, bringing the quantity right down to a good 6.8sec, regardless of its 1805kg kerb weight. No enchancment on high pace is quoted, so it possible retains the 136mph manufacturing unit determine.
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Not solely has the addition of a brand new ECU helped enhance energy output, however Abt suspension springs cut back the journey peak for a decrease centre of gravity, in addition to providing a extra aggressive stance. A welcome break from most fashions we see from the tuner, the Kodiaq doesn’t see the addition of supposed aero-enhancing plastic, however as an alternative, delicate 20-inch Abt diamond-cut wheels to set it aside from an bizarre Kodiaq.
Sadly, the model hasn’t re-tested the fettled model on the Inexperienced Hell, however we’d put cash on it being a minimum of a number of seconds faster than the usual model, breaking effectively away from the 9min 30sec mark.
Pricing and availability for the upgrades haven’t been introduced, however a normal Kodiaq vRS will set you again slightly below £43,000.