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Skoda unleashes most powerful Enyaq iV to date

Skoda has revealed the new all-wheel-drive Enyaq iV ‘80x SportLine’ - the most powerful version of its brilliant SUV to date.

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With considerable power of 265 PS and with a range of up to 303 miles between charges, the 80x SportLine packs one heck of a punch.

In case you need a reminder, the Enyaq iV is Skoda’s flagship all-electric vehicle and which first hit the roads back in September last year.

Skoda’s first fully-electric SUV is already available as the ‘60’, which has a 58.0 kWh battery and a range of 256 miles, or the ‘80’, which has a bigger 77.0 kWh battery and can travel up to 331 miles before it needs to be plugged in.

An additional ‘80 SportLine’ model was thrown into the mix, featuring a swankier exterior and an uprated Alcantara leather interior. All of those aforementioned models are two-wheel-drive and can sprint from 0-62mph in around 8.5 seconds.

The all new 80x SportLine, however, is a much more potent beast - reducing that 0-62mph sprint time down to just 6.9 seconds.

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It’s fitted with a second electric motor that drives the front axle and also delivers significantly more torque than the standard rear-wheel drive SportLine model, thanks to the twin motor arrangement. The combined torque figure for the 80x SportLine is 425Nm, which Skoda says ‘provides exceptional levels of agility and acceleration’.

And that range of 303 miles is significant. It keeps pace with the Volkswagen ID.4, which has a range of up to 317 miles between charges, while also trumping the sub-300 mile range of the new Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The 80x SportLine models are equipped with 125kW rapid charging capability as standard, which means the newcomer can charge from 0-80% in as little as 38 minutes when connected to a 150kW+ DC rapid charger.

A charge from empty to full will take around 13 hours on a domestic wallbox with an output of 7.2kW.

The 80x SportLine is equipped with a sports chassis set up as standard. This features a lower ride height - 15mm lower at the front, 10mm at the rear compared with the standard Enyaq iV - and that reduces the centre of gravity for ‘even more agile handling’.


Skoda's 'Drive Mode Select' system and progressive steering are also standard while 'Dynamic Chassis Control' is available as an option.

On the outside, LED Matrix headlights as standard, while inside the cabin you can expect black upholstery and roof lining, unique sports seats with integrated headrests, and a three-spoke multifunction leather sports steering wheel.

The 80x SportLine is priced from £46,610 OTR and is available to order now. First deliveries are expected to arrive later this year.

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