High performance Skoda Kushaq RS: What it’ll look like

Skoda launched the Kushaq recently in the Indian market. It is available in three variants Active, Ambition and Style. Skoda has RS variants that are sold abroad and in India, we also get RS variants of the Octavia which are sportier and usually more powerful than the regular variants. Here, we have a rendering of the Skodas Kushaq RS which is done by SRK Designs.

The video is uploaded by SRK Designs on his YouTube channel. The artist has only worked on the front quarter of the SUV. The rendering is just an imagination of the artist but the RS variant does look really good in the rendering. However, as of now, we do not have any official information from the manufacturer if they will ever bring the RS version of the Kushaq to India.

We can see that all the chrome has been deleted from the exterior of the Kushaq. So, the front grille surround, fog lamp surrounds and window beltlines are blacked out. The front grille, roof rails, outside rearview mirrors and even the roof is finished in black.

High performance Skoda Kushaq RS: What it’ll look like

The red paint does look really nice and it has been taken from the Skoda Karoq RS which is sold in the international markets. Other changes include smoked LED projector headlamps, blacked-out Skoda badging on the side fender and a different more sporty set of alloy wheels. There is also a vRS badge on the front honeycomb grille. The artist has not specified any mechanical changes to the vehicle.

Kushaq already available with a powerful engine

Skoda already offers the Kushaq with two petrol engines. There is a base 1.0-litre TSI and then there is a 1.5-litre TSI for the enthusiasts. We have experienced the 1.5-litre TSI on the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc. It is known for its torquey and powerful nature.

High performance Skoda Kushaq RS: What it’ll look like

The engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The 1.5 TSI is only offered with the top-end Style variant. It also comes with ACT which stands for Active Cylinder Technology. This allows the engine to run on two cylinders to save fuel.

Octavia RS245

Skoda introduced the Octavia RS245 in India last year at a starting price of Rs. 35.99 lakhs ex-showroom. It was priced at Rs. 11 lakhs higher than the previous Octavia RS230. The sports sedan was limited to just 200 units. It is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 245 PS of max power and 370 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered only with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

High performance Skoda Kushaq RS: What it’ll look like

The power bump was 15 PS when compared to the previous generation Octavia RS. Skoda reworked the engine components that helped in squeezing more power out of the engine. It also comes with a new electronically controlled limited-slip differential that helps in putting the power down.

In April’20 it was said that all the units of Octavia RS245 were sold out but according to some dealerships there were still some units available and they were being sold at a heavy discount of Rs. 8 lakhs to clear the stock. It is not known if the dealerships finally cleared all the stock or not.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)