At launch in 2010 when no 3,0-litre was available, the bakkie brigade grumbled.
by RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
Finally a pricey 3,0-litre diesel, flagship Amarok king bowed to an appreciative audience with a refreshed external look, a new interior and the latest in-car infotainment systems.
Being the only diesel six-cylinder in this segment offers a massive drawing card. An impressive 165kW and 550Nm places it at the top of the charts and the 8-speed auto gearbox works like a charm. I doubt if this status quo will persist as there has to be too many advantages in challenging this V6 diesel debate. The flighty Amarok is quick on its feet and zips to 100km/h in only 8 seconds, belying its sheer bulk. Being the most powerful diesel bakkie it attracts the limelight and an over boost function can raise the output to 180kW and 580Nm for 10 seconds! Performance figures and stopping times are impressive and set a tough challenge for its competitors.
A comprehensive list of standard features includes four airbags, Electronic Stabilisation programme and Volkswagen’s award winning Automatic Post Collision Braking system that reduces the chance of a secondary accident in the event of a collision. A newly developed VGT turbocharger with a flow-optimised turbine increases engine efficiency and a long legged transmission reduces engine speed and fuel consumption. An electronic differential lock activates when braking and stops the wheels spinning on one side, ensuring that power is always delivered to the wheel with the best traction.
This all-terrain vehicle thrives on any challenge at the press of the all-wheel drive button. Pricing is steep, though.