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

In addition to its standard Enyaq Coupé iV, Skoda has presented its first all-electric vRS model. The hot Enyaq Coupé iV vRS will compete with 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 sends power to a pair of electric motors – one mounted on each axle for all-wheel drive – for a total of 295hp.

The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.5 seconds, while being the only coupé model in the Enyaq series to reach a top speed of 180 km/h. With 460 Nm of torque, the hot SUV also has a usable maximum trailer load of 1,400 kg.

While the extra power on offer means the vRS’s range is down compared to the standard rear-wheel drive Enyaq coupe, although it should still achieve over 300 miles on a full charge – more than the standard Enyaq SUV due to the coupe’s more aerodynamic shape and the lower curb weight.

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

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

As with every vRS variant, Skoda’s design department has given the sportiest Enyaq Coupé a styling makeover to reflect its positioning as a halo model. The vRS features more black detailing as well as a red reflective stripe at the bottom of the rear bumper. Up front, it also gets Skoda’s Crystal Face grille, which is illuminated by 131 LEDs and sits over a deeper, redesigned front fascia. Full matrix LED lights are fitted as standard.

Bespoke vRS badging on the vehicle’s front wings sets it apart from its standard Enyaq coupe siblings, while the vRS features 20-inch aerodynamic wheels as standard, with 21-inch alloy wheels available as an option. This vehicle’s Hyper Green paint color is also tailored to the vRS.

The interior features sporty bucket seats with embroidered vRS logos, while this topper of the Enyaq coupe range also gets its own interior design selection package called ‘vRS Suite’. This adds perforated black leather upholstery with gray piping and contrast stitching. Carbon fiber look inlays and aluminum pedal covers are also standard equipment in the interior of the vRS model.

There’s a 5.3-inch digital dash display, as well as a central 13-inch touchscreen, carried over from other spots in the Enyaq range, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity as 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 package, which includes a massage function.

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

There is also a MySkoda app that you can use to schedule charging or pre-condition the car’s air conditioning before driving.

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 vRS’s boot tops out at 570 litres. A power tailgate will be available as an option, along with Skoda’s hands-free virtual pedal system.

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

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