NUMBERS ADD UP FOR AMAROK
VW delivers Australia’s most powerful turbo diesel dual-cab 4WD ute
THE only thing more important to boys than their toys are the numbers on the bootlid or tailgate. Fast Fords and Holdens have for decades worn badges that reveal how much grunt is under the bonnet, now such numbers have made their way on to workhorse utes.
Meet the Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate TDV6 580.
Proving VW knows its target market, Australian-delivered examples get a shiny “580” badge in a font apparently inspired by classic Holden GTS or Ford GT logos.
With 200kW of power on overboost and 580Nm of torque this 3.0-litre V6 is the most powerful turbo diesel double-cab four-wheel drive on sale in Australia today.
With a verified 0-100km/h time of 7.8 seconds it’s equal-fastest in the class alongside the Ram 1500 petrol V8 — and comfortably a couple of seconds quicker to the speed limit than all other diesel double-cabs.
The original 165kW/550Nm TDV6 introduced in 2016 — which will continue to power cheaper models in the Amarok range, including a new basic Core model from $50,000 — stops the clock in an identical 7.8 seconds. However, in the 550 you need to tap the paddle shifters so the eight-speed auto doesn’t hold on to gears too long.
The 580’s recalibrated auto optimises shifts for brisk acceleration, without faffing about with manual shifts.
Other points of interest: the 580 must run the Adblue exhaust cleansing additive.
VW says the 13.5L reservoir will need a top-up at 5000km-8000km in heavy use and 12,000km- 15,000km with light use. It costs about $1 a litre at a service station — or more at a dealer service. Stricter emissions requirements mean new diesels will require Adblue in the future.
As with the superseded 550 Ultimate, the 580 Ultimate has heated front seats trimmed in soft Nappa leather with 14-way electric adjustment.
New, black roof lining gives the cabin a lift. External bling extends to 20-inch wheels, up from 19s previously.
The low profile 20-inch rubber is still plush compared to most rivals. Precise steering, cornering grip and the super-responsive engine and transmission are highlights.