Volkswagen Amarok 190kW: SA's most powerful bakkie now on sale

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Volkswagen Amarok 190kW
Volkswagen Amarok 190kW

• The Volkswagen Amarok 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel is the most powerful bakkie on sale in South Africa.

• Its motor produces 190kW and 580Nm. 

• The latest model is now available at dealers and boasts a claimed 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds. 

The long-awaited Volkswagen Amarok with the full fat 190kW is now available from dealers, the carmaker says. The introduction of the 190kW model coincides with 10 years of the German bakkie in South Africa.   

Volkswagen Amarok 190kW
Volkswagen Amarok 190kW

Since its launch a decade ago, 37 000 units, comprising of single and double cab, have been sold. Currently, the model range now consists of the following engines: 2.0 BiTDI 132kW ,and the flagship 3.0 V6 TDI 190kW, only in double-cab configuration.

The most powerful Amarok distinguishes itself from the rest of the range through the new 3.0-litre V6 190kW TDI engine, which has 25kW more power as well as 30Nm more torque than the outgoing 165kW derivative.

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Volkswagen Amarok 190kW
Volkswagen Amarok 190kW

Volkswagen says the 3.0-litre V6 TDI generates 190kW from 3000 to 4500 r/min and 580 Newton metres of torque from 1400 to 2750 r/min is channelled through its standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Amarok, which is one of the quickest double cab bakkies in the market thanks to launch control available for fast acceleration, completes the zero to 100km/h sprint in just 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 207km/h. The claimed average fuel consumption is 9.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

Volkswagen Amarok 190kW
Volkswagen Amarok 190kW

The Amarok has a trick up its sleeve with an over boost function that powers the bakkie to a maximum power output of 200kW for 10 seconds, it is the most powerful bakkie on sale in South Africa at the moment.

Off-road ABS and stability control enhance the Amarok’s safety features and four disc brakes all round give the Amarok V6 190kW enormous stopping power.


Double Cab 3.0 V6 190kW Highline - R921 900

Double Cab 3.0 V6 190kW Extreme - R996 000

A three year or 100 000km manufacturer warranty, five year or 90 000km service plan and a six year anti-corrosion warranty are standard. The service interval is 15 000km.

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