Bakkies are popular picks amongst South African motorists and if you're in the market for a powerful option, here are the top five bakkies currently available.
South Africans love bakkies. Fact. There was a time when bakkies were mere vehicles reserved for its versatility, but now they are seen as the perfect daily-drivers.
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Now that bakkies are so mainstream, there’s a need to find individuality, and nothing screams 'individuality' louder than a bucket load of power.
Bakkie-owners non longer just want a workhorse for the farm or construction site, buyers want a vehicle with good looks, comfort, damn good credentials, and it must come loaded with technology - and not just pulling power
Here are the five most powerful bakkies in South Africa:
1.Mercedes-Benz X350d V6 4Matic
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Undeniably one of the most controversial bakkies to ever grace our shores. The flagship Mercedes bakkie scores gold in the power department and makes its way to the top of the list thanks to its 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6.
It produces 190kW of power and 550Nm, sending drive to all 4-wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission, and is available from R904 188.
2. Toyota Hilux Legend 50
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The latest Toyota Hilux commemorates half a century of the tough bakkie. It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre petrol V6 that produces a mammoth 175kW of power.
The downside of having a petrol engine is that it doesn’t really have as much torque as the rest of its diesel competitors, producing just 376Nm of it. It’s available from a starting price of R405 400.
3. Toyota Land Cruiser 79
The cool uncle of the bakkies makes its way into third place thanks to the 4.0-litre petrol V6 that lies under the bonnet.
The rugged Toyota boasts 170kW of power and 360Nm of torque and is available from just R582 000.
4. Volkswagen Amarok V6 TDI
The Wolf of Volkswagen is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 that produces 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque.
Here’s the thing – it has a very cool party trick called ‘Overboost’ which temporarily boosts the power up to 180kW and 580Nm of torque. It’s available from a starting price of R799 000.
5. Ford Ranger Raptor
The big-bad-blue Ford finds its way onto the list with the smallest engine displacement out of all the other bakkies.