Update: ‘Production’ section added.
Here are six things you must know about the Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV that celebrated its world premiere on January 31, 2022. The EV is available to order in the UK from February 17, 2022, and deliveries will begin in July 2022.
First-ever Skoda RS EV
Skoda’s RS cars are synonymous with sporty dynamics. While we’re accustomed to petrol-powered RS vehicles, Skoda has debuted the Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV on January 31, 2022, as the brand’s first-ever all-electric RS vehicle. RS stands for ‘Rally Sport’, and Skoda has been using the badge for its high-performance range since 2000. But if you glance through Skoda’s motorsport history, the RS abbreviation has been in use since 1974. Hence, it’s a milestone moment for the brand as its first all-electric car now wears the RS badge.
Mamba Green paint & unique bumpers
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV is visually distinguished from the regular non-RS Enyaq models with a suite of sporty elements on its exterior. It gets RS-specific front and rear bumpers that look sharp. Then you have the traditional RS badge on the wing featuring a green design, gloss black window frames and the Mamba Green paint exclusive to the RS. Even the alloys are bespoke, with standard 20-inch ‘Taurus’ wheels and optional 21-inch ‘Vision’ wheels, with an ‘Aero’ design for improved aerodynamics.
Upfront, the SUV-Coupe gets the familiar Skoda’s Crystal Face, an option on the Enyaq SUV. Compared to the chrome grille on the regular Enyaq Coupe iV, the RS gets a gloss black radiator grille surround and comes standard with 131 LEDs for an illuminated effect.
What’s more, the coupe also gets Matrix LED headlamps, with each high beam comprising 24 LEDs that have been engineered to reduce glare for oncoming traffic. The Matrix LEDs also create a welcome display on the road when you unlock the car, something that’s reminiscent of the Audi E-tron. The LED DRLs are full-width as they merge with the LED strip in the grille.
At the rear, the swooping coupe roofline looks just as striking as it does on the regular Enyaq. Highlights at the rear include gloss black Skoda lettering on the tailgate, gloss black diffuser with a full-length reflector and LED tail lights with dynamic indicators with ‘Coming/Leaving home function.’
RS Lounge appears special
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV gets a similar interior layout as the non-RS model, but the use of sportier-looking materials helps the cabin appear unique. Firstly, a large 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage. Then you have a multi-layered dashboard, an RS-badged steering wheel with grey stitching and a 5.3-inch digital cockpit.
There are a plethora of premium kits on the RS-model as standard. This includes carbon fibre-effect decorative strips on the dashboard and door trim, aluminium pedals and sport seats with integrated headrests and the vRS emblem. There are also two Design Selections — RS Lounge and RS Suite.
Seats are upholstered in black Suedia microfibre with lime coloured piping and contrast stitching in the RS Lounge. Similar contrast stitching is carried over to the floor mats and the steering. The RS Suite features black perforated leather upholstery with the same material on the steering and similar material on the dashboard to match the look of the seats.
Additionally, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV gets black roof-lining, ambient lighting strips on the door trims and the dashboard, centre console finished in piano black, a panoramic sunroof, rear ac vents, three-zone climate control and more. If that’s not enough, there are ten optional packs. For example, the ‘Seating Comfort’ package adds electric seat adjustment and a massage function.
Most powerful Enyaq model
The chassis of the Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV is 15 mm lower at the front and 10 mm lower at the rear than the non-RS variants, except the Sportline, which is also hunkered down. However, it’s surprising that the RS has a slightly higher coefficient of drag (0.248) compared to the non-RS Enyaq Coupe (0.234), despite this effort.
The RS’s dual-electric motors, one mounted on each axle, have been tuned to produce 299 hp (220 kW) and 460 Nm. The performance figures are a testament to the RS version’s character — 0-100 kmph (62 mph) comes in just 6.5 seconds while top speed is rated at 180 kmph (111 mph). The rest of the range is electronically limited to 160 kmph (99 mph).
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV falls under the 80x specification, which means it gets the larger 82 kWh battery which can charge at speeds of 135 kW using a CCS connector. This means from 10-80% takes just 36 minutes. Skoda will also provide a 7.2 kW wall box charger for homes to top up the battery in 13 hours. The maximum range is an impressive 497 km (309 miles) on the WLTP cycle.
Most owners will not use their Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV for towing loads, but it’s good to know that Skoda has mentioned the towing capacity. The RS coupe can tow up to 1400 kg, 200 kg more than the 60 and 80 variants.
9 airbags and driver assistance systems
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV is packed heavily with safety equipment. As aforementioned, it gets Matrix LED headlamps that reduce glare for oncoming traffic. Then you have as many as nine airbags, adaptive cruise control, adaptive lane assist, traffic jam assist, pedestrian protection, collision warning 360-degree camera and more.
Additionally, you have a head-up display with augmented reality that projects information on two different areas of the screen. Speed, traffic signs, navigation and driver assistance information is projected above the dashboard, in sight of the driver. Navigations directional arrows are displayed higher up.
RS model precedes the standard variant
At the time of reveal, Skoda Auto board member Martin Jahn said that in the first couple of months after the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV goes on sale, only the RS version will be available, and the regular non-RS version will come at a later date.
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV is the most powerful RS version produced by Skoda and it provides the excellent joy of the ride and it’s exclusive. We want to offer exclusivity to customers, so in the first couple of months we will only offer the RS versions.Skoda Auto Board Member Martin Jahn at the premiere on Jan 31, 2022
February 17 onwards, the bookings will be open in the UK. Skoda urges interested buyers to book their Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV because the brand is expecting the initial batch to be sold out very soon. Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV price starts at GBP 51,885 OTR, and deliveries will begin in July in the UK.
Series production of the Enyaq Coupe RS iV commenced at Skoda’s mother plant in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic on February 14, 2022. The Enyaq iV and the Enyaq Coupe iV are the only MEB-platform based EVs to be manufactured outside Germany. Skoda states that 2000 employees will assemble more than 120 units of the Enyaq Coupe iV everyday, alongside the Enyaq iV, Octavia and the Octavia iV.
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