With the Mercedes-Benz X350d looming large on the horizon, Volkswagen is seemingly keen to show what its new, more powerful Amarok V6 can do. So it created a video showing the double-cab bakkie pulling a tram.
Filmed in Debrecen by the German automaker’s Hungarian arm, the video shows the flagship version of the Amarok tugging a 42,9-tonne tram measuring more than 32 metres long. So, a bit more than the claimed towing capacity, then…
For the record, the latest version of the VW Group six-cylinder turbodiesel churns out a considerable 190 kW (up from 165 kW) and 580 N.m, with an overboost function hiking that peak power figure to 200 kW for short bursts.
That puts VW’s bakkie a nose ahead of the upcoming X-Class range-topper (badged as the X350d), which makes 190 kW sans overboost and 30 N.m fewer than the Volkswagen, at 550 N.m.
In April, VW 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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