A performance diesel SUV – classic oxymoron, right? Perhaps, until you consider there have been some decent examples of this very thing. The latest Audi SQ7 can crack a smile, for example. And next year there'll be more when the Skoda Kodiaq RS arrives.
The Kodiaq is the Czech brand's seven-seat SUV, and its RS division has poked it with a stick.
The RS rides on a front-biased all-wheel drive platform and the adaptive suspension is tuned to claw into the road at higher limits than its brethren. The steering is quicker as well. Catapulting it between corners will be a diesel four-cylinder, codenamed EA288, that sucks air from two turbochargers working in sequence. Skoda promises it will sound good, too, since it's equipped with an engine sound generator...
But we believe there's a simpler, more authentic way to ferry around five people and a dog with a great soundtrack. HSV's Gen-F Clubsport R8 Tourer should do the trick, with its 6.2-litre LS3 V8 tickled to 340kW and 570Nm in the 2015 model.
We haven't yet driven the Skoda, but based on its specs the HSV will wipe it in any way you want to cut a performance test (at least on bitumen), thanks to an engine in the front, rear-drive and lower centre of gravity. Yeah, it might use more fuel in the process, but with used prices hovering around $55K for well-kept 2015 cars, you'll have plenty cash left over to splurge at the bowser.
Either way, you’re getting a lot for your money.
|2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS||vs||2015 HSV R8 Tourer|
|1968cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, twin-turbo||ENGINE||6162cc V8, OHV, 16v|
|176kW @ 6500rpm||POWER||340kW @ 6100rpm|
|500Nm @ 1750-5000rpm||TORQUE||570Nm @ 4650rpm|
|6.9sec (claimed)||0-100KM/H||4.9sec (estimate)|
Modern classic tempters we found on tradeuniquecars.com.au
2008 Cayenne GTS - $29,888
4.8L V8, 298kW/500Nm, 155,200km, Perth, WA
Snarling V8, wagon body and sweet dynamics make this old GTS a sweet deal.
2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C - $59,900
2.0 F4T, 206kW/394Nm, 9700km, Redcliffe, QLD
Hits 8000rpm. Lighter, stiffer. A mint example of a very special STI.
1991 BMW 850i- $27,980
5.0L V12, 270kW/500Nm, 122,422km, Mitcham, Vic
A V12 coupe with full service history. No rego, but low kays for its age.
1999 Honda NSX T - $209,900
3.2L V6, 206kW/298Nm, 26,600km, Melbourne, Vic
Expensive but Aussie-delivered, completely original. And manual.
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