Volkswagen’s most powerful pick-up, the Amarok V6, has been given a power bump for 2018, with its 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel now producing 268 hp (200 kW) on over-boost.
The torque figure still remains at 405 lb-ft (550 Nm), and the new, higher-output engine is now EU6 compliant.
Sure, only a few extra horsepower doesn’t seem much, but when overtaking, any extra power is appreciated.
Technically the engine does reach that peak power figure of 268 hp, but the Amarok is still rated as a 254 hp motor (190 kW), 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.
Despite plenty of cries for a Volkswagen pick-up in the US, VW of North America has no plans to import the Amarok or indeed any of the Volkswagen commercial vehicle line-ups.
We’re confident that the 3.0-litre turbo V6 gasoline engine found in other models would easily slot in under the bonnet, but it appears that the Amarok is set to stay diesel for now.
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.”
Pick up sales are definitely not slowing across the globe, so let’s hope VW in the US has a change of heart.