The VW Amarok has taken some serious abuse from owners of other mainstream double-cabs since it was first launched in South Africa in 2010.
Thanks to its small engine, its owners have had to endure hours of Amarok jokes, bumper stickers and snide remarks. This joking will likely stop now that the Amarok has become the most powerful double-cab on the market, by a fairly significant margin. By adding a 3,0l model, VW has also made it the most expensive double-cab in SA, at least until the Mercedes-Benz arrives next year.
The Volksie recently received some minor upgrades to the interior and exterior, but the big news is the all-new 3.0l V6 diesel engine. It develops 165kW and 550Nm of torque, while an overboost function increases these figures to 180kW/580Nm for short 10 seconds bursts of fury. The 3.0l model is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive.
The 2.0l engine is carried over in both 103kW and 132kW outputs in 4×4 and 4×2 guises.
Pricing starts at R487 700 for the 4×2 manual Comfortline, while the cheapest V6 model costs R665 700. The top-of-the-line Extreme model, which has every conceivable gadget included as standard, retails for R748 600.