Early in April 2018, Volkswagen announced a new, high-output version of its V6-powered Amarok, giving the double-cab bakkie a considerable 190 kW and 580 N.m. And now the Wolfsburg-based automaker has confirmed that the fresh flagship has retained the 165 kW version’s overboost function.
And that means that the beefiest Amarok of them all will make a whopping 200 kW from its oil-burning heart for short bursts (up to 20 seconds), “depending on the driving situation”. This puts VW’s bakkie a nose ahead of the upcoming X-Class range-topper (to be badged as the X350d), which makes 190 kW sans overboost and 30 N.m fewer than the VW, at 550 N.m.
The Amarok V6’s new peak torque figure is on tap from as low as 1 400 r/min, while maximum power comes on song at 3 250 r/min. It sips diesel at a claimed 8,4 L/100 km, emitting 220 g/km of CO2. As with most other versions of the Amarok’s 3,0-litre V6 (which is already offered in 120 kW, 150 kW and 165 kW guises in some markets), the new 190 kW derivative employs an eight-speed automatic transmission and VW’s 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system.
In Germany, the new high-output V6 engine will be offered in both Highline and Aventura form, with the latter gaining added styling updates such as high-gloss 20-inch alloys, Peacock Green metallic paint, Nappa leather seats and a body-coloured sports bar.
Earlier in April, Volkswagen South Africa told CARmag.co.za that it planned to bring this new high-output V6 to local shores at some point in 2019, although trim levels (and, naturally, pricing) have yet to be confirmed.
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