Amarok concept gets V6 muscle
The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle division isn’t really renowned for wowing large crowds with its creations – that’s normally left up to the likes of the manufacturer’s GTI models. This year the commercial division joined the fun and pleased the crowds, at the GTI enthusiasts’ meeting place on the shores of Lake Wörthersee, in Austria, when it unveiled a very sporty Amarok concept.
The Power-Pickup concept features a three-litre V6 TDI engine with a power output of 200 kW (272 hp) and 600 Nm of torque. This is the same motor that features in the brand’s luxury SUV, the Touareg, as well as in sister company Porsche’s Cayenne Diesel – albeit tuned to deliver more power and torque.
The Power-Pickup, based on an Amarok single cab, is designed as a rolling workshop to carry spare parts. This may be the coolest workhorse on the planet; not only can it transport tools and race equipment, it can also go from standstill to 100 km/h in 7,9 seconds and undoubtedly scare a few hot hatches in the process.
Coupled with the powertrain is the impressive eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4MOTION transmission.
The exterior design features widened wheel arches to accommodate 22 inch alloy wheels, 80mm lowered suspension, bi-xenon headlights with chrome surround and a chrome grille, plus an enlarged lower air intake. To add to the sporty look the rear features a carbon-fibre diffuser and dual exhausts, plus tinted taillights and red, white and black side decals.
Inside, the colour coding continues with the dashboard, door trims and exclusive Nubuck leather sports seats featuring a black, red and white colour scheme.
It is any custom car fan’s dream; a vehicle that comes from the factory looking like it belongs on the set of the latest Fast and the Furious film. In-car entertainment is supplied via an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and 500 watt subwoofer.
No word yet on whether it will be produced in significant numbers, but judging from the concept we implore Volkswagen to put it in to production.