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THE price and performance of a workhorse ute hit a new highwater mark this week with the arrival of the updated Volkswagen Amarok.
Now available with the same 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 used in the Porsche Cayenne (detuned a little), it is also the most powerful pick-up among its peers (165kW/550Nm).
The TDV6 Amarok can do the 0-100km/h dash faster than most regular cars (Volkswagen claims 7.9 seconds) and is considerably quicker than its Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rivals.
The 3.0-litre TDV6 propels the Amarok’s two top versions, the Highline and Ultimate versions, previously powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twinturbo diesel.
Priced from $59,990 and $67,990 plus on-road costs respectively they are $3000 to $4000 dearer than their predecessors.
Meanwhile four-cylinder diesel engines will continue to power the more affordable versions of the Amarok.
Cosmetic changes on the TDV6 are restricted to grille, front bumper and dashboard.
One significant sin of omission: rear airbags are still not available six years after the model went on sale, despite Volkswagen acknowledging that utes are now being bought by family SUV buyers.
The Amarok is likely to