Skoda has been busy filling its range with SUVs lately, and it’s no surprise that the latest RS model is an SUV – unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Skoda Kodiaq RS is the first SUV with the Czech brand’s performance badge. That’s the first of many firsts with this car.

The Skoda Kodiaq RS is the fastest seven-seat SUV on the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a time of 9 minutes, 29.84 seconds. The record run was set by race driver Sabine Schmitz, the only woman to have won the 24-hour race at the ‘Ring. The SUV can also be had with five seats and a 600 litre boot.

The Kodiaq RS is powered by a 2.0 litre biturbo diesel engine with 240 PS and 500 Nm of torque available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, making it the most powerful production diesel unit in Skoda history. 0-100 km/h is done in seven seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 km/h. The engine’s partner is a seven-speed DSG that has a coasting function in Eco mode.

Making its debut, Dynamic Sound Boost provides a “characteristic and emotive acoustic experience” both inside and outside the car. The device produces a specific note, which complements the natural sound of the exhaust system and refines the engine’s sound profile, Skoda says. DSB works in conjunction with Driving Mode Select, which has Comfort, Normal, Sport and Eco profiles.

The Kodiaq comes with intelligent all-wheel drive with electronic multi-plate clutch and electronic differential lock, which constantly calculates the ideal distribution of power. The system can transfer up to 85% of available torque to one individual wheel. It’s of course FWD by default.

The adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adjusts the springs and shock absorbers to suit the terrain and driving style. It has six different programmes – Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual and Snow. The new Kodiaq RS also comes with progressive steering, which adapts the steering ratio to suit the current speed, while reducing steering forces at low/parking speeds.

Looks wise, the RS version of Skoda’s big SUV gets special front and rear bumpers, as well as gloss black trim on the grille, mirror caps, window frames and roof rails. The rear bumper sports a full length reflector and the twin pipes are prominent. The standard rims are 20-inch “Xtreme” items, and there are new vRS logos at both ends. The ‘v’ stands for victory, by the way.

The sports seats stand out in the cabin. The front chairs are covered in perforated Alcantara (also on the door cards) and carbon leather, with red stitching in a diamond-cross design and a vRS logo below the integrated headrests. The vRS logo also appears on the sports steering wheel and gear knob, while the Virtual Cockpit instrument panel has a carbon background. More CF effects can be found on the dash.

Standard equipment include door sills with the Kodiaq logo and an LED package with ambient lighting. A black roof lining and stainless steel pedal covers complete the sporty appearance.