Skoda’s most powerful SUV to date is the newest addition to UK police forces’ stable.
The Kodiaq vRS (or Kodiaq RS as it is known in the other side of the Channel) has just been adopted by the UK police as a pursuit vehicle.
Thanks to its 2.0-liter TDI biturbo diesel engine that makes 240 PS (237 hp), the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox and the standard AWD system, it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 136 mph (219 km/h).
According to Skoda, this makes it “an ideal police pursuit vehicle.” Obviously, the Kodiaq vRS received several modifications to make it suitable for police use. Besides the police livery, the upgrades include 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate, as well as a 100-amp three tone siren.
Based on the seven-seat model, the Kodiaq vRS pursuit vehicle has been converted to offer “excellent levels of space and payload capabilities.” Inside, standard features include electrically adjustable, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with memory function, a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit display and SmartLink+ for seamless smartphone integration.
Furthermore, plans are underway to include control of the blue light and emergency services communications system via the integrated touchscreen on the dashboard. For increased comfort, Dynamic Chassis Control and progressive steering are also standard.
“The high-performance credentials of the Kodiaq vRS make it a powerful addition to the pursuit vehicle line-up. It offers power, precision drive and good visibility to other drivers on the road,” commented Henry Williams, Skoda Head of Fleet.