The high-output 190 kW version of the Volkswagen Amarok V6 has finally hit the market in South Africa, celebrating a decade of the nameplate on local soil.

Billed as the country’s “most powerful double-cab bakkie”, the 190 kW model has now officially reached local VW dealers. Interestingly, its arrival sees the Amarok engine range trimmed to the 132 kW 2,0 BiTDI and this latest 190 kW 3,0 V6 TDI options. The 165 kW version of the six-cylinder unit is thus no more.

The V6 prices released in September 2020 have increased a touch, with the Highline variant now starting at R921 900 and the Extreme derivative at R996 000. The latter is thus the most expensive bakkie in the land, eclipsing the Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic Power, which is still available locally from R985 113 despite production having ended.

As a reminder, the 3,0-litre V6 TDI makes 190 kW between 3 000 and 4 500 r/min, along with 580 N.m (on tap from 1 400 to 2 750 r/min). An overboost function pushes peak power to 200 kW for 10 seconds, with drive directed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The result, says the Wolfsburg-based firm, is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7,6 seconds and a top speed of 207 km/h. VW claims an average fuel consumption of 9,5 L/100 km.

In South Africa, the 190 kW Amarok is available in Candy White, Mojave Beige, Indium Grey metallic and Deep Black Pearl Effect exterior colours.

The Highline model features Vienna leather seats (with a heating function), heavy-duty leaf springs, Bi-Xenon headlamps, parking sensors (front and rear), a rear-view camera and 18-inch “Manaus” alloy wheels. Highline buyers can optionally upgrade to the Discover Pro Media system, which includes satellite navigation. Rubber floor covering and 19-inch “Milford” alloys are also available as extras.

The Extreme model gains Nappa leather seats, the Discover Pro Media system and 20-inch “Talca” alloys. Here, heavy-duty leaf springs are optional, as are rubber floor covering and a body-coloured sports bar. A three-year/100 000 km warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km) are included in both cases.

Of course, a second-generation Amarok is currently being developed and will be built alongside the next Ranger at Ford’s assembly plant in Silverton, South Africa.