Sport mode in the gearbox also makes a big difference to response while towing, and also shift speed and eagerness through the gears.
But there’s a surprise ending: as impressive as the Amarok V6 was throughout the test, upon returning the boat to Fishing News, we discover the weight of the Extreme boat and trailer is actually three-tonne! Which underlines just how good the VW V6 really is: it offers improved performance, fuel economy, and reduced variation between laden/unladen, when compared to its four/five-cylinder rivals that were towing only two-tonne.
So whether it’s fishing boats, horse floats, caravans or even work gear, is there a better boat-towing double-cab ute than the 165kw/550nm V6 Amarok? Well, yes: the 190kw/580nm V6 Amarok. But that’s a test for another time.