SKODA'S new - and hot - Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

SKODA'S new - and hot - Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

Order books have opened for Skoda’s recently-unveiled Enyaq Coupe iV vRS. The new electric performance SUV will be priced from £51,885.

When it arrives in showrooms in July, the hot Enyaq Coupe iV vRS will rival other sporty electric SUVs such as the new Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, with which it shares many of its bits and pieces.

Powering the Enyaq Coupe iV vRS is a dual-motor arrangement with one mounted on each axle. Together, they produce 295bhp and the sprint from 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds - about the same as a petrol-powered Octavia vRS, although the top speed is higher than other Enyaq versions at 111mph. The vRS is nearly two seconds quicker than the regular, range-entry Enyaq, so it should feel much quicker thanks to the significant power increase.

The vRS version is available in an exclusive Hyper Green paint colour (as pictured), although a selection of other dynamic shades are offered too. Marking out the vRS as the range-topper are the requisite badges, plus a full-width reflector on the rear bumper. The vRS, which is currently only available on the Coupe body style, also gets Skoda’s ‘Crystal Face’ illuminated front grille and 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. Should they prefer, buyers can also choose a set of larger 21-inch ‘Vision’ alloys.

Inside, the ‘vRS Suite’ interior design package includes perforated black leather upholstery with contrasting elements, which is mirrored on the dashboard and steering wheel. Carbon fibre-effect trim, aluminium pedals and sports seats also highlight the performance focus of the model.

Other standard equipment includes ‘Matrix’ LED headlights, giving full-beam power without blinding other drivers, plus keyless entry and start, a heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control and a panoramic sunroof.

Skoda has revealed that the vRS will be fitted with an identical 82kWh (77kWh usable capacity) battery pack as the regular Skoda Enyaq iV 80. Paired with the vRS’ dual-motor setup, this should allow for an official range of up to 309 miles.

Making use of 135kW fast-charging allows a battery top up from 10-80% in 29 minutes, while an 11kW home wallbox will fully replenish the battery in less than eight hours. If your home only accepts 7kW charging, it’ll take a bit longer but may still be topped up fully overnight.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto