VOLKSWAGEN’S Amarok V6 engine, due for release next month, will come with an over-boost function.
Mercedes-Benz launched into the ute game yesterday with the revelation of its X-Class Pickup ute, and Volkswagen has returned serve by declaring the dual-cab’s over-boost function increases power from 165kW to 180kW and torque from 550Nm to 580Nm.
The over-boost function kicks in at 70 per cent accelerator extension, with optimal boost delivered in third or fourth gear from 50km/h (lasting 10 seconds). The over-boost can be utilised again after a five-second hiatus.
“The Amarok V6 is not an over-hyped concept or a badge-engineering exercise,” Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Director Carlos Santos said. “It’s real, it’s almost here and it brings the world’s best V6 turbo-diesel, the same unit used by Porsche and Audi in luxury SUVs.”
A press statement released by Volkswagen said the company has, as of October 26, 2016, received more than 6000 inquiries from interested customers.
Volkswagen has shifted 5972 Amarok 4x4s so far this year (September, VFACTS), which gives it a 5.4 per cent share of the year-to-date market.
The upcoming Amarok is claimed to hit 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and 80-120km/h in 5.5 seconds (in a controlled environment). It also utilises disc brakes front and rear.
The all-new V6 Amarok will be on sale from November 24, 2016. Stay tuned to 4x4australia.com.au for full pricing and specification details when they drop.
We’ll also let you know as soon as we’ve taken one for a spin.