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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.

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