Skoda has revealed its second all-electric high-performance RS-branded vehicle, the Enyaq RS iV, which follows almost eight months after the ‘coupe SUV’ version was unveiled.
The Skoda Enyaq RS iV shares the majority of its components and delivers a similar performance as its sleeker-looking Enyaq Coupe RS iV counterpart, but pairs it with a “more practical SUV body”.
A Skoda Australia spokesperson said the company has committed to offering both the SUV and coupe SUV body styles of the Enyaq iV locally, but it’s too early to say what variants will come here. This includes RS variants.
The Enyaq RS iV is based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MEB architecture and is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive drivetrain producing a total system output of 220kW of power and 460Nm of torque.
Skoda claims it can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.5 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 180km/h. These claimed features are the same as the Enyaq Coupe RS iV.
This is mated to a 82kWh battery pack with claimed range of over 500km according to an undisclosed testing standard.
Thanks in part to the lowered chassis (15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear), the Enyaq RS iV has a drag coefficient of 0.265, which is technically 0.017 less aerodynamic than the coupe SUV version.
One main benefit of the conventional SUV body style is a more practical 585L boot capacity, 15L more than what the coupe version offers. With the rear seats folded this can be expanded to up to 1710L.
As the top-of-the-range model in the lineup, the Enyaq RS iV comes standard with 20-inch aerodynamic wheels, with 21-inch wheels as an option.
It also receives standard features such as an illuminated grille, matrix LED headlights, 5.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, 13.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and gloss black exterior elements.
Skoda in March this year confirmed it plans to bring the SUV and coupe SUV Enyaq iV range to Australia, but production shortages mean it won’t be ready to start taking orders until the second half of 2023.
Based on the current timeline, deliveries probably won’t start until 2024.
Skoda Australia still isn’t in a position to determine market pricing, health of supply, or what manner of sales channel/s it will opt to use for the Enyaq.
“We definitely have an EV strategy,” Skoda Australia head of sales Kieran Merrigan said earlier this year.
“What I can confirm is the Enyaq has been approved for our market, and we will start taking orders during next year.”