One of the oldest models in the Volkswagen lineup, the Amarok has been around since 2010 and won’t move to the next generation until next year. Meanwhile, the company’s Australian division has once again partnered with local engineering firm Walkinshaw to follow up on last year’s special edition. (photo below).
The new W580X picks up where the more road-oriented W580S left off, adding a suspension lift kit for better ground clearance. There’s even an optional snorkel available, along with upgraded twin-tube shocks and 18-inch forged wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires housed in enlarged wheel arches. VW and Walkinshaw have also added additional underbody protection and an LED light bar.
At the heart of the new Amarok W580X is a 3.0-liter twin-diesel V6 engine producing 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) and 580 Newton-meters (428 pound-feet) of torque. The TDI punch is delivered to both axles through a permanent four-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As you would expect from a premium special edition, the truck is loaded with equipment. From bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights to dual-zone automatic climate control, the Amarok W580X has it all. Heated front seats are also on the program, as are rubber floor mats and a tire pressure monitoring system. To sweeten the deal, VW and Walkinshaw add velor upholstery while polishing the exterior with black mirrors and a rear bumper as well as a redesigned front grille.
This could very well be the last hurray for the first-gen Amarok, as the all-new Ford Ranger-based pickup has already been officially confirmed for its debut next year. The Blue Oval will assemble the vehicle in South Africa and the rumor mill suggests that a performance-driven version could serve as the VW equivalent of the Ranger Raptor.