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New VW Amarok V6 gets overboost function

31 October 2016

Volkswagen Australia have revealed that its flagship facelifted Amarok will feature an overboost function that will enable it to  accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds.

This news was released less than 24 hours after Mercedes-Benz unveiled its X-Class concept double-cab bakkie in Sweden. VW Australia’s commercial vehicles director called the Mercedes-Benz X-Class an “over-hyped concept” and Amarok’s overboost function is seen by local media in Oz, as VW’s carefully planned retort. The news comes ahead of the facelifted and V6-powered Amarok’s local launch in Australia late next month.

The Amarok’s overboost function will increase the 3.0-litre diesel outputs from 165kW to 180kW, and 550Nm to 580Nm. The power increases are accessible from 70 per cent throttle, delivered in third or fourth gear from 50km/h.

The facelifted Amarok is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in 2017 but at this stage it’s unclear whether the V6 with overboost function will be available locally.