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2018 Skoda Kodiaq RS caught lapping the 'Ring

Skoda's hi-po hauler was spotted lapping the 'Ring.

The thumping Skoda Kodiaq RS has been snapped on it first offical outing; pounding out laps of the Nurburgring with German ace Sabine Schmitz at the wheel.

A heavily camouflaged Kodiaq was captured carrying out high-speed testing at the infamous circuit this week. And clearly this was never intended to be a top-secret mission - the gigantic "Kodiaq RS" number plates worn at the world's most heavily photographed race track are a bit of a give-away that this might have been a shrewd marketing ploy to let us know it was coming. 

Sure enough, Skoda soon followed up with news that Schmitz was attempting to break a still mysterious lap record in the go-fast Kodiaq, releasing a teaser clip ahead of releasing the full details on June 14. Skoda has also confirmed the Kodiaq RS will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Few know the Nurburgring better than Sabine Schmitz Few know the Nurburgring better than German ace Sabine Schmitz

Few know they're way around the 20.8km 'Ring better than Schmitz. A former winner or the 24 Hours Nürburgring - as well as a TopGear TV star - she is only too familiar with every twist and turn of the world's most formidable racetrack.

A go-fast version of Skoda's family friendly seven-seat SUV has long been in the works. Way back at the Kodiaq's international launch, back in November 2016, the car's program manager told carsguide.com he was working on an RS model, saying then "it has to be the bi-turbo diesel engine. We have for this platform a 2.0-litre TDI with 176kW". But the finished poduct is clearly inching closer to a launch date, thought to be a little later this year.

The Kodiaq RS is expected to make use of VW Europe's 2.0-litre biturbo diesel from the international-spec Tiguan R-Line. It's a torque-rich engine, good for 176kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm at 2500rpm. In the similarly sized Tiguan, that's enough to produce a 6.5sec sprint to 100km/h, and a flying top speed of 228km/h. All of which would make light work of any school run.

The Kodiaq RS is expected to launch in Europe by the end of the year, soon after its Paris debut. Its Australian launch, however, is a little more cloudy.

While the company's local executives have made no secret of how much they want a hi-po Kodiaq, and they are lobbying hard for it, Skoda classifies Australia as a hot-weather climate. It means that, for our market, there are extra engine cooling requirements, and that engineering work is yet to take place.

The latest from our market is that Volkswagen Group Australia is currently seeking reclassification of our market. So watch this space.

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