Volkswagen Amarok V6 SUV gets power boost

Volkswagen Amarok V6 power boost

The Volkswagen Amarok V6 SUV has been given a power bump, with its 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel now producing 200kW (268hp) on overboost.

The torque figure still remains at 550Nm (405 lb-ft), and the new, higher-output engine is now EU6 compliant.

While technically the engine does reach that peak power figure, the Amarok is rated as a 190kW (254hp) motor, and it sends the power to a ZF eight-speed auto and then on to all four wheels using VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Depending on the country you’re in, the new, more powerful V6 engine is available in Ultimate, Highline or Aventura trim levels.

The new engine will arrive at dealers from mid-June in Germany, with UK deliveries starting in September, and Australian vehicles are said to be from the third quarter of this year. Interestingly, Australia is the world’s biggest export market for the Amarok.

“As we’ve promised before, we have no intention of giving up the mantle of the most powerful ute in its class and are looking to offer the upgraded 200kW Amarok V6 later in the year,” said Carlos Santos, Volkswagen Group Australia Director of Commercial Vehicles. “Our current V6 Amarok with 180kW on overboost is no lightweight; proven by the 1:57 and 2:57 laps around Eastern Creek and Mount Panorama set in our apprentice built race car running a standard driveline.”

The timing is interesting, given the Ford Ranger Raptor is about to hit showrooms, and Mazda is soon to update its BT-50. Dual cab ute sales are definitely not slowing.

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