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Just how fast is Volkswagen’s quickest dual-cab?

By Cameron Kirby | Photos by Nathan Jacobs, 12 Jun 2020 Features

Just how fast is Volkswagen’s quickest dual-cab?

It’s the most powerful diesel dual-cab you can buy, but exactly how quick is the Amarok 580 Ultimate?

The Volkswagen Amarok 580 Ultimate is the most powerful (and most expensive) diesel-powered dual-cab on the market.

With a sticker price of $72,790, the Amarok 580 utilises a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine to send 190kW and 580Nm to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen says that the turbo-diesel engine is able to produce an extra 10kW when an overboost function is activated, allowing the Amarok 580 to crack 100km/h from a standstill in a claimed 7.3 seconds.

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We decided to put that claim to the test, taking the Amarok’s flagship model to Heathcote Raceway to find out exactly how quick the ultimate diesel dual-cab can go.

During our independent testing, the best figure we could get out of the torquey VW was 7.7 seconds to 100km/h. While that’s not as fast as the brochure may claim, it’s nothing to be sneezed at.

The best figure we've achieved from a 130kW/450Nm Toyota Hilux is 11.2 seconds to 100km/h, while the twin-turbo 2.0-litre Ford Rangers can only manage in the high-nine second bracket.

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It's also 0.2s quicker than the claim for the recently departed Mercedes-Benz x350d Power, so it's fairly clear that the Amarok has earned its bragging rights in this corner of the market. 

The only vehicles that offer the same utilitarian practicality as the Amarok with more performance are the much more expensive (and far larger!) Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 American pick-ups. However, those behemoths are powered by big petrol V8 engines, so we're not really comparing apples with apples there.

While the VW isn’t as heavy as those American powerhouses, it does still weigh just north of two tonnes. However, it utilises more road-focused Bridgestone Dueler H/T rubber, in 255/50R20 specs on all four corners.

While you aren’t going to be winning many drag races, if you do decide to take an Amarok to the ‘strip, you can expect an ET of 15.6 secs @ 143.8km/h. You can say that the Volkswagen is just as quick as $100k worth of Ford Mustang R-Spec and you wouldn't be wrong. Only when pushed volunteer the information that this measure is from standstill to 20km/h!

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For a full rundown of how the Amarok performed, check out our data below:

  • 10 km/h: 0.4 sec
  • 20 km/h: 0.9 sec
  • 30 km/h: 1.5 sec
  • 40 km/h: 2.1 sec
  • 50 km/h: 2.9 sec
  • 60 km/h: 3.6 sec
  • 70 km/h: 4.5 sec
  • 80 km/h: 5.4 sec
  • 90 km/h: 6.5 sec
  • 100 km/h: 7.7 sec
  • 110 km/h: 9.1 sec
  • 120 km/h: 10.8 sec
  • 130 km/h: 12.6 sec
  • 140 km/h: 14.6 sec
  • 150 km/h: 17.6 sec
  • 160 km/h: 21.6 sec
  • 170 km/h: 26.5 sec
  • 0-400m km/h: 15.6 sec @ 143.8km/h
  • Braking 100-0km/h: 37.5m / 2.7 sec
  • Tyre: Bridgestone Dueler H/T
  • Tyre size: 255/50 R20 109H
  • Turns Lock to Lock: 2.8
  • Redline: 4600rpm
  • Cutout: 4700rpm
  • Speed at 100: 97km/h

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