Volkswagen has launched the most powerful derivative of the Amarok – a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 190kW power output added to its model line-up in South Africa.
The German carmaker said that the Amarok Double Cab will be available in the last quarter of 2020.
The Amarok range which was launched in South Africa in 2010, has sold almost 35 000 units (single and double cab) in the local market.
VW said that the Amarok Double Cab was Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ best-selling derivative last year with 2,596 vehicles sold. As of November 2020, the Amarok model range in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana will consist of the following engines; the 2.0 TDI 103kW, 2.0 BiTDI 132kW and the 3.0 TDI V6 190kW.
“The biggest development with this addition to the Amarok range is under the bonnet. The most powerful Amarok distinguishes itself from the rest of the range through the new 3.0-litre V6 190kW TDI engine, which has 25kW more power as well as 30Nm more torque than the outgoing 165kW derivative,” it said.
The Amarok 3.0-litre V6 TDI generates 190kW from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm and 580 Newton metres of torque from 1,400 to 2,750 rpm which is channelled through its standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, VW said.
The latest addition to the Amarok family, is priced at:
- Amarok Double Cab 3.0 V6 190kW Highline R908,300
- Amarok Double Cab 3.0 V6 190kW Extreme R974,600
By way of comparison, Isuzu‘s top double cab, the D-Max 250 D-TEQ X-RIDER 4X4 generates 100 kW and 320 Nm of torque, but comes in at R534,800, while the Toyota Hilux DC 4.0 V6 4X4 L50 AT offers up 175 kW and 376 Nm of torque, with a price tag starting from R752,900.
Nissan offers a 2.3D Navara Stealth AT DC, starting at R714,300, offering 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque, while the Ford Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo double cab 4×4 Raptor is priced from R875,700, offering 157kW and 500 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz still has the X350d double cab 4Matic Power, priced from R985,113, producing 190kW and 550Nm of torque, although it has been discontinued.
The Amarok, VW said, with its V6 engine completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint in just 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 207 km/h. It has an average fuel consumption of 9.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
“With an over boost function that powers the Amarok to a maximum power output of 200kW for 10 seconds, it is also one of the most powerful bakkies on sale in South Africa at the moment, the German carmaker said.
The Amarok 3.0-litre V6 190kW TDI 4MOTION® will be available in the following model lines: Highline and the top-of-the-range Extreme. It is available in the following exterior paint finishes; Candy White, Mojave Beige, Indium Grey metallic and Deep Black Pearl Effect.
In the Highline model line, a host of features come standard such as the Vienna leather seats, winter package (seat heating), increased GVM from 2.8t to 3.0t (including heavy duty leaf springs), Bi-Xenon headlights, font and rear Park Distance Control with rear-view camera, climatronic air-conditioning as well as the 18-inch Manaus alloy wheels.
Optional features on the Highline are the Discover Pro Media system which includes satellite navigation, rubber floor covering and 19-inch Milford alloy wheels.
In addition to the standard features on the Highline, which are also available on the Extreme, the top-of-the-range model is further customised through the addition of ‘Special Edition’ Nappa leather seats, Discover Pro Media system which includes satellite navigation and 20-inch Talca alloy wheels which also come standard.
The optional features on the Extreme are the Increased GVM from 2.8t to 3.0t (including heavy duty leaf springs), rubber floor covering, 19-inch Milford alloy wheels and a sports bar painted in body colour, Volkswagen said.