The Skoda Enyaq is the next EV on VW’s MEB platform to receive the new-gen APP550 electric motor, which delivers more power while consuming less. Its battery pack is also slightly bigger, but until further notice, Skoda offers it exclusively on the new top-spec Laurin & Klement version That’ the Enyaq in its most luxurious guise.
The APP550 drive unit was first presented on the Volkswagen ID.7. It offers 210 kW (286 hp) and 550 Nm of torque, while also being more efficient than the older 150 kW unit. Now, it makes its way to the rear axle of the Skoda Enyaq Laurin & Klement together with the new 85 kWh battery, which also debuted on the ID.7.
More power, more range
With the added power the performance of the Enyaq L&K is close to the sporty RS version: its accleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 to 6.7 seconds, compares 6.5 seconds in the RS. Like the latter, the top speed is heightened to 180 km/h next to 160 km/h in the lower-spec versions.
But perhaps more relevant is the extra range achieved by the combination of the new drive unit and battery pack. The Enyaq L&K 85 reaches up to 570 km (up from 532 km in the Enyaq 80), while the four-wheel drive L&K 85x gets a range of up to 550 km according to the WLTP cycle. DC fast charging has been improved, too. It now takes less than 30 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 per cent.
For now, these upgrades are limited to the Laurin & Klement equipment level, but the rest of the range should catch up soon. An even bigger driving range could be possible, as the L&K rolls on 20-inch wheels as standard, with 21-inch alloys available as an option.
Other features of the L&K include Platinum Grey details on the body, darkened windows, a beige leather interior with ventilated massage seats, and an updated user interface for the infotainment system, which improves the ease of use and which will trickle down soon to the other family members. No exact launch date has been released for the Skoda Enyaq L&K. And yes, the iV nomenclature has been dropped.
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