Skoda Enyaq iV RS Blends Practicality With 295 HP And A 310-Mile Range
Skoda has expanded its performance-focused EV range with the addition of the Enyaq RS iV next to the already available Enyaq Coupe RS iV. The most powerful model in the Skoda range brings sporty visual tweaks, communicating the performance credentials courtesy of the all-wheel-drive dual-motor 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS) powertrain, without sacrificing any of its practicality traits.
The RS (vRS in the UK) is distinguished from the rest of the Enyaq iV range thanks to the version-specific 20-inch Taurus or 21-inch Vision alloy wheels, the special emblems on the front fenders, the full-width rear reflector, and the exclusive Hyper Green exterior shade combined with high-gloss black accents. The full LED Matrix headlights are included in the standard equipment, as are the LED taillights and the illuminated grille, while the large panoramic sunroof is optional.
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The highlight of the Skoda Enyaq RS iV is the 585-liter (20.7 cubic feet) boot which is 15 lt (0.5 cubic feet) more than in the Enyaq Coupe RS iV and can grow up to 1,710 lt (60.4 cubic feet) by folding the rear seats. Sporty interior touches include the sporty seats with integrated headrests and Suedia microfiber upholstery (optional perforated leather), the faux carbon trim on the dashboard and door cards, plus the aluminum pedal covers.
Standard equipment is pretty generous with a 5.3-inch digital cockpit, a 13-inch infotainment touchscreen, tri-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting, a wireless charging pad, and plenty of ADAS including the Travel Assist system. However, there are some optional features like the head-up display and the 12-speaker Canton sound system.
The Most Powerful Skoda Production Model
Just like in the mechanically-related VW ID.4/ID.5 GTX, the electric motors of the Skoda Enyaq RS iV produce a combined 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) of torque. This is more than the 245 PS (242 HP / 180 kW) of the ICE-powered Octavia RS making it the most powerful Skoda yet. The 82 kWh (77 kWh net) floor-mounted battery is good for a 310-mile (500 km) WLTP range in the combined cycle and can charge from 10 to 80 percent in as little as 36 minutes using a 135 kW fast charger.
The drag coefficient of the SUV is 0.265 which is pretty good, although worse than the 0.234 cd of the coupe-SUV sibling. Despite the worse aerodynamics, the EV retains the same 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 6.5 seconds and the electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph), which is 20 km/h (12 mph) higher compared to lesser versions of the Enyaq iV.
The RS-specific chassis sits closer to the ground by 15 mm (0.5 inches) at the front and by 10 mm (0.4 inches) at the back thanks to the lowered sports suspension. Those who want the best from both worlds should get the optional Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC). Besides the four main driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Sport), the driver also has access to the Traction profile, designed for unpaved roads or slippery surfaces offering constant AWD at low speeds of up to 20 km/h (12 mph).
Production of the Skoda Enyaq RS iV is already underway at the Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. The automaker announced they will soon produce the 100,000th unit of the Enyaq iV family, which are the only MEB-based models manufactured in Europe outside Germany.