2017 VW Amarok 3.0 TDI V6 Off-Road – Video
Any discussion about the new flagship Amarok starts with its engine, so let’s not waste any time. This powerplant started its career in 2014, underneath the bonnets of premium cars such as the Audi A6 and A7. It was therefore designed to be good enough for ultra-luxury passenger vehicles, but has been further improved for use in the Amarok. In its latest guise, called Generation Evo II, the 24-valve 3.0-litre V6 has a new variable geometry turbocharger that is said to result in improved responsiveness, across the entire rev range. Unique in this segment, Volkswagen says, is a special cylinder bore honing process and piston rings with less downforce that reduce internal friction by around 10 per cent. It also mentions a cooling system that features 2 separate circuits and thinner walls for a shorter warm-up phase, as well as improved fuel efficiency.
The result of all of this is an engine that delivers a class-leading 165 kW from 3 000 to 4 500 rpm and 550 Nm of torque, from 1 400 to 1 750 rpm. There is also an overboost function, which for short periods of time – such as when overtaking – lifts the maximum power and torque figures to 180 kW and 580 Nm. Oh… and the Amarok can sprint to 100 kph in 8 seconds and very nearly cracks the 200 kph mark with a top speed of 193 kph.