Another beast arrives from Australia's Walkinshaw Performance.
The Volkswagen Amarok was unfortunately never sold in North America but that doesn't mean we're not among its list of fans. Now that it's about to be retired, Australia's Walkinshaw Performance has teamed up with the German automaker for one final bout of craziness. Presenting the follow-up to last year's W580, the W580X.
While the former is more about on-road performance, the new version takes things off-road. The same engine remains under the hood as before: a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel rated at 268 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. The W580 name comes from the truck's torque output in Newton meters.
The same ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox distributes power to a full-time all-wheel drive system. Some of the W580X's highlights are 18-inch forged wheels with all-terrain tires, enlarged wheel arches, retuned twin-tube shock absorbers, greater ground clearance, an LED light bar, underbody protection, rock slider side steps, and an optional snorkel kit. Black side mirrors and rear bumper and a unique front grille round out the exterior enhancements.
As rough and tough as it is from the outside, the interior is packed with plenty of creature comforts like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rubber floor mats, velour upholstery, and a very handy tire pressure monitoring system.
There's a very good chance this is the last new Amarok edition we'll ever see before its all-new successor arrives, supposedly for model year 2023. If you recall, VW and Ford signed an agreement last year to work on a number of joint projects, among them a small VW MEB-based all-electric crossover Ford will sell in Europe. For its part, the Blue Oval will supply VW with a next-gen Ranger-based truck/Amarok successor. Whether it'll retain the Amarok nameplate remains unknown.
As for the Amarok W580X, production is obviously quite limited to Australian buyers only. Customer deliveries aren't expected to get underway until April 2022.