It’s a busy month. Though in the SUV, ute and LCV world, it’s always busy.
SKODA HAS SET THE LAP RECORD FOR A production SUV seven-seater around the famous Nurburgring Nordescheife, with its Kodiak RS. Yet to even make its world premiere, the still-then lightly camouflaged seven-seater was driven by Sabine Schmitz, of Top Gear fame, and also the only female to win the Nurburgring 24 Hour race. The top-spec RS had no mods from the production version that will launch globally in October, including standard road tyres. The 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel makes 176kw, up from the standard 140kw, and also up on VW Allspace’s 162kw. From a standing start and powering through the 73 turns and 20.8km in the Eifel Mountains, the Skoda RS set a time of 9min:29.84seconds, putting it under the magical 10-minute barrier that Schmitz herself set in a Ford Transit van on BBC Top Gear, but also remembering that (1) that was a rolling start and (2) that the Ford’s time was a shorter ‘bridge-to-gantry’ which cuts out somewhere around 10-20 seconds. The Skoda, oddly, also carried a passenger, not the best thing for setting a record lap time. See the wrap video overview at www.youtube. com/watch?v=3t-esjq5uo4, keywords Skoda Kodiaq RS Nurburgring Record.