America needs more midsize pick-up trucks!
The Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the most anticipated vehicles for next year, and considering how well the regular Ranger performs, it's no surprise that Volkswagen will be working with Ford to make the next VW Amarok even better than the current model - one that we don't receive in the US just yet. Before that model arrives in the US, Volkswagen Australia has built a competitor to the Ranger Raptor to keep the current generation exciting. In collaboration with Walkinshaw Performance, an Australian aftermarket tuning company, VW has beefed up its Amarok and called this edition the W580. That number refers to the torque output in Newton-meters, translating to 428 lb-ft of torque.
The 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine still produces the same 268 horsepower as the regular model, but while the standard version has an overboost function to temporarily unlock all of its twist, the W580 will give you access to all the torque all the time. Unsurprisingly, Walkinshaw and VW didn't stop there and lifted the front axle by 1.6 inches while also fitting special 20-inch Clayton alloy wheels with Pirelli Scorpion 275/50 rubber. Black plastic wheel-arch extensions finish off the wheelhouses nicely, while unique black decals ensure that this model stands out wherever it is parked, whether on the trail or on the road.
Other upgrades include a new front grille exclusive to this model, a dual exhaust setup with side exits under the rear bumper, bi-xenon headlights, LED fogs, a new sports bar molded to the truck, and a numbered plaque - although we have no idea how many will be built. Volkswagen's director of commercial vehicles operation down under says: "We have always known what a powerhouse we have in the Amarok, but have always felt the range needed a proper GT-spec model. As the originators of the performance ute category, we looked no further than Walkinshaw to achieve this." Beyond the vehicle itself, the first 30 customers will also receive an all-expenses-paid VIP trip that will include a Walkinshaw factory tour.