At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen introduced the Amarok Aventura Exclusive which was powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, producing 258 PS and and 550 Nm of torque. At the time however, it was only a concept with the German automaker being quiet as to whether the engine will enter production.
Now, it seems that the Aventura Exclusive concept (pictured below) has a road-going counterpart with the new range-topping variant of the Amarok. Still powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, the engine has been tuned and now produces 258 and 580 Nm of torque, similar to that on the concept Amarok. For reference, the previous top-end variant of the Amarok only produced 221 PS and 550 Nm of torque.
Feel that 258 PS is lacking? Volkswagen has got your covered as the top-spec Amarok features an overboost function. The driver can temporarily increase power by 13 PS to a total of 272 PS whenever he pleases. An 8-speed automatic transmission then sends power to all four wheels via Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
Apart from the increase in power, the range-topper Amarok also gets an assortment of visual upgrades which are available in both Highline and Aventura models. There are new titanium black accents on the roof liners and pillars. New 20-inch wheels have also been fitted to further distinguish it from lower-spec variants. A special Peacock Green paint is also available for the Aventura variant.
The interior of the top-spec Amarok remains mostly the same as the other variants. The only difference being that the cabin is now upholstered with black Nappa leather as standard.
Comparing the new top-spec Amarok to the Ford Ranger Raptor and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6, Volkswagen's pickup is the most powerful among the three. That is on paper at least. The Range Raptor only produces 213 PS and 500Nm of torque while the X-Class' V6 produces the same figures at 258 PS and 550 Nm of torque.
Volkswagen's most powerful version of the Amarok is expected to arrive later this year.