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V8 VW Amarok gets dirty

29 Feb 2016 News

V8 VW Amarok gets dirty

MTM upgrades its V8 Amarok for off-road use.

When we first showed you the 4.2tdi-powered VW Amarok from German tuning haus MTM a few years ago, it was set up as more of an on-road performance car with low-profile tyres and stiffer suspension.

For the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, the company set things right with a cranked-up version of the rod that it calls Desert Passion.

Beneath that matte-orange skin lies the VW/Audi group’s sensational V8 diesel engine making a stonking 302kW of power and 930Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 3,000 rpm. With raised suspension and Cooper 305/50 ZR 20 under flared ’guards, the tyre choice still isn’t ideal, but at least it should offer some off-road performance.

But who cares with that snarling V8 diesel under the bonnet!