Skoda Enyaq vRS: the new coupe SUV is the Czech brand’s first hot electric car

Alongside its standard Enyaq Coupe iV, Skoda has unveiled its first all-electric vRS model. The hot Enyaq Coupe iV vRS will rival sister brand Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.5 GTX coupe-SUV and the Kia EV6 when it goes on sale later this year.

Unlike the regular Enyaq coupe, the vRS is only available with Skoda’s larger 82kWh battery, which powers a pair of electric motors – one mounted on each axle for all-wheel-drive capability – producing a total of 295 ch.

The 0-62mph sprint takes 6.5 seconds, while it’s the only Coupe model in the Enyaq range to reach a top speed of 111mph. With 460Nm of torque, the hot SUV also has a useful maximum towing capacity of 1,400kg.

The added performance on offer means the vRS’ range shrinks compared to the standard rear-drive Enyaq Coupe, although it should still be able to do over 300 miles from a full charge – more than the standard Enyaq SUV can handle due to the Coupe’s more aerodynamic shape and lower curb weight.

With a maximum charging capacity of 135 kW, the vRS can be recharged from 10 to 80 percent in 29 minutes, while home recharges will take between six and eight hours depending on the power output of the wallbox.

Based on the MEB platform, the vRS chassis is 15mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the rear than the regular Enyaq coupe, while Skoda’s variable-ratio progressive steering is also series. AC charging up to 11 kW is possible.

As with any vRS variant, Skoda’s design department has given the sportier Enyaq coupé a facelift to reflect its positioning as a halo model. The vRS features more black detailing, along with a red reflective stripe lower on the rear bumper. Up front, it also gets Skoda’s Crystal Face grille, illuminated by 131 LEDs, which sits above a deeper, restyled front apron. Full array LED lights are fitted as standard.

Bespoke vRS badging on the car’s front fenders sets it apart from its standard Enyaq Coupe sibling, while the vRS comes standard with 20-inch aero wheels, with 21-inch alloys available as an option. This car’s Hyper Green paint color is also suitable for the vRS.

Inside are sporty bucket seats with embroidered vRS logos, while this range-topping Enyaq Coupe also gets its own interior design selection pack, called the ‘vRS Suite’. This adds perforated black leather upholstery with gray piping and contrast stitching. Decorative carbon-fiber effect inlays and aluminum pedal covers are also standard inside the cabin of the vRS model.

There’s a 5.3-inch digital dash display, along with a 13-inch central touchscreen which has been carried over from elsewhere in the Enyaq range and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity in standard.

Three-zone climate control, keyless operation and a heated two-spoke leather steering wheel are all included, while the vRS offers the option of heated front and rear seats, as well as Skoda’s Seat Comfort pack, which includes a massage functionality.

The over-the-air software update capability means that the car’s infotainment system can also be upgraded in the future, with Skoda already planning options that can be activated from the infotainment system. These include additional colors for ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control and light assistant from the second half of this year.

There is also a MySkoda app which can be used to schedule charging or pre-condition the car’s air conditioning before you start your journey.

While the Enyaq Coupé’s roofline is lower than that of the standard car, Skoda claims rear headroom is comparable to that of an Octavia Estate, while the trunk of the vRS is 570 liters. An electric tailgate will be available as an option, as well as Skoda’s Virtual Pedal hands-free system.

The Enyaq Coupe vRS will go on sale towards the end of February with deliveries expected in early summer. Prices are expected to start from around £50,000 for Skoda’s first all-electric vRS model.

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