• The 190kW adaptation of the Volkswagen Amarok is priced from R908 300.
• Audi is the foundation on which Amarok’s ultimate powertrain success was built.
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The 190kW adaptation is a allegorical anniversary for Amarok, by far the best acknowledged German bakkie of all time. Where Mercedes-Benz badly bootless to accomplish a case for its V6-powered X-Class double-cab, VW has alone encountered success aback ablution the six-cylinder Amarok in 2017.
The appeal for these V6 turbodiesel bakkies charcoal high. In the aggressive double-cab markets of South Africa and Australia, V6 engines now annual for abutting to 80% of all Amaroks sold. With VWSA now accepting adapted the bounded ambit with its latest high-output 190kW V6, that trend is abiding to continue.
There is no altercation that abounding battling bakkie enthusiasts who aboveboard mocked the 2.0-litre Amarok aback it originally came to bazaar in 2011, will accept to VW accepting prevailed as the best almighty double-cab.
Amarok’s adventure from 2.0-litres and four-cylinders to 3.0-litres and six-cylinders is an absorbing one, fabricated accessible by a best absurd source: Audi.
The German affluence casting is best accepted for its alluringly styled sportscars, hot hatchbacks, limousines, and high-performance base wagons appears an absurd antecedent for bakkie greatness. Aback one goes aback into the Amarok’s history, Audi is actual abundant the foundation on which this bakkie’s ultimate powertrain success was built.
Sourcing a acceptable six-cylinder agent engine
Back in the aboriginal 2000s, engineers and artefact planners at Audi realised that affluence auto barter capital accelerated autobahn canoeing achievement and bigger ammunition economy.
The claim was for an agent able of carrying accomplished overtaking achievement and abundant canoeing acceleration ammunition consumption, by leveraging the inherent activity body of agent fuel. Balancing accommodation with butt calculation was crucial, and a 3.0-litre V6 agreement was articular as ideal.
Audi’s powertrain engineers delivered their CR-series 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel agent to bazaar in 2004. It aboriginal powered the second-generation A8, bearing 184kW and 550Nm, after sacrificing the limousine’s low berth babble and beating levels.
The aboriginal butt block architectonics acclimated vermicular graphite casting adamant with six UV laser-cut bores, ensuring absurd accomplishment attention and able structural strength, to accord with the aerial compression arrangement and butt armament of a turbodiesel.
Audi’s engineers would never acquiesce their A8 barter an unrefined active experience, and the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel had a contra-rotating antithesis shaft to ensure impeccably bland operation. This agent would be continuously acquired by Audi, powering a assortment of cartage as the German casting started profiting from greater SUV demand.
VW won the continued bold – with advice from Audi
When the Amarok originally launched in 2010, VW was unapologetic that its 2-litre turbodiesel agent was absolutely sufficient. Knowledgeable bakkie bodies disagreed and appropriate that VW should use a beneath fuel-quality acute adaptation of the Touareg’s 3.0 V6 TDI, which in about-face was a development of the aboriginal Audi design.
Market appeal eventually won the day, and VW did the inevitable, by introducing the V6 turbodiesel agent to Amarok. The aboriginal abstraction agent to authenticate this absorbed was its 2014 “Power Pick-Up” single-cab bakkie.
As South African Touareg V6 TDI drivers journeyed through the Namibian and Kalahari deserts, they accepted that the 3-litre V6 turbodiesel was asperous abundant to survive acute conditions, paving the way for its addition to Amarok.
There is no catechism that VW’s Touareg accurate the Audi 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel for bakkie use. Any apropos that ability accept lingered about the engine’s adequacy to run at aerial temperatures, beneath aiguille load, with actual little speed-induced airflow for cooling, were dispelled by Touareg owners.
Audi’s engineers are due the acclaim they deserve for Amarok V6’s success. Their aboriginal 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel agent was a fundamentally accomplished design, acceptance VW to assuredly advance this agent architectonics into a 190kW double-cab bakkie appliance which is both able-bodied and refined.