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Škoda Kodiaq vRS ready for hot pursuit

Skoda has modified its Kodiaq vRS SUV as a police pursuit vehicle, bringing a 7.0-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 136mph.

The Škoda Kodiaq vRS modified for the police force

Debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018 and marked out as the first SUV to get the vRS treatment, the Kodiaq vRS launched in January and features a 240hp

twin turbo charged 2.0-litre TDI engine married up with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive.

The pursuit vehicle conversion is based on the Kodiaq’s original seven-seat layout and designed to offer excellent levels of space and payload capabilities.

Features include 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a 100-amp three tone siren.

Planning is underway to include control of the blue light and emergency services communications system via the integrated touch screen display on the dashboard.

Škoda also offers a ‘one-stop’ shop package for emergency services fleets, which allows vehicles to be outright purchased or financed through Volkswagen Financial Services.

Henry Williams, Škoda head of fleet, commented: “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.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.