Hot electric Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS on sale now from £51,885

The sporty Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS features a 295bhp dual-motor powertrain, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds

Skoda has finally waded into the performance electric SUV segment with the new Enyaq Coupe iV vRS. It’s available to order now, with the first deliveries set to reach UK customers by July of this year. Prices start from £51,885, which makes it the most expensive Skoda on sale today.

It was only a matter of time before Skoda launched a vRS-badged version of the Enyaq Coupe. There’s a strong demand for this type of vehicle at the moment, as demonstrated by the flagship versions of key rivals such as the Kia EV6 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Volkswagen has also launched a performance version of the ID.5 coupe-SUV, called the GTX. The Enyaq Coupe shares the same MEB underpinnings as this car, which provided an easy method for Skoda to get a performance version of its EV on sale.

The Enyaq vRS is powered by an 82kWh battery pack and a dual-motor, four-wheel drive electric powertrain. The system has an output of 295bhp and 460Nm of torque, which Skoda says is enough to propel the car from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 111mph.

Skoda was also keen for the extra performance to not have too much of an impact on the Enyaq’s range. So, the vRS can still cover up to 309 miles between charging stops, which is thanks in part to its aerodynamic coupe body style. Charge times are reasonably quick, too – it takes 36 minutes for the battery to reach 80 per cent capacity with a 150kW rapid charger.

In addition to the extra power, Skoda has also tweaked the Enyaq vRS’s chassis. The car sits 15mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the rear compared with the regular Enyaq Coupe, while Skoda’s variable ratio progressive steering is also standard.

New 2022 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS: equipment and specification

Like any vRS model, Skoda has given the sporty Enyaq Coupe a few design tweaks to set it apart from its standard siblings. Changes include new 20-inch alloy wheels, a lower front bumper, a fresh red reflector on the rear apron and some new black trim. Buyers also get Skoda’s Crystal Face grille as standard, which is illuminated by an array of 131 LEDs.

Other standard equipment includes matrix LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and a smattering of “vRS” badges. The lairy Hyper Green paint finish worn by the car in our gallery is also exclusive to the performance model, while 21-inch alloy wheels can be specified as an optional extra.

The changes continue inside, with buyers getting heated leather sports seats, aluminium pedals, LED ambient lighting and carbon-fibre effect trim panels for the dashboard and door trims. The Enyaq vRS also features its own unique upholstery package, which features black leather with grey piping and contrasting stitching.

On the technology front, there’s a 5.3-inch digital gauge cluster ahead of the driver and a 13-inch infotainment system mounted in the centre of the dashboard. The latter system also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and it can be connected to the MySkoda smartphone app which allows drivers to schedule charging or pre-condition the car’s climate control ahead of starting a journey.

The Enyaq also offers support for over-the-air updates, which means Skoda will be able to improve the functionality of car’s touchscreen and electrical systems over the course of its life. The brand is already planning to introduce some extra colours for the ambient lighting system, as well as adaptive cruise control and light assist later this year.

As the vRS is the flagship model of the Enyaq range, Skoda has also thrown in three-zone climate control, keyless go and two-spoke heated leather steering wheel. If you really feel like splashing the cash, you can specify a massage function for the front seats, too.

While the Enyaq Coupe’s roofline is lower than the standard car’s, Skoda claims headroom in the rear is on par with that of an Octavia Estate, while the vRS’s boot stands at 570 litres. A powered tailgate will be available as an option, along with Skoda’s hands-free Virtual Pedal system.

Skoda’s CEO, Thomas Schafer, has also previously confirmed that an SUV version of the Enyaq vRS will follow the Coupe into the showrooms. When quizzed on the project, he told Auto Express: “Yeah, absolutely. I think we’re starting about the second half of the year for this variant. It looks fantastic.”

Schafer didn’t disclose any details about what will power the SUV version of the Enyaq vRS, but we’re fairly certain that it’ll feature the same powertrain and chassis tweaks as the coupe model. However, its boxier shape will have an effect on maximum range.

Now read our in-depth review of the Skoda Enyaq iV...

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