Nürburgring, a place not everyone knows. A very steep hill where the automotive industry tested the brakes on new car models. The LED lamp in the grill and on the arc comes from Vision X.
It all started a number of years ago when I wanted to get a tax benefit because I thought I was working with the car that justified it. It was completely impossible and the tax authority's answer was that I needed a van or light truck.
That being said, I switched to my first Volkswagen Amarok with a four-cylinder diesel engine of 180 horsepower. In retrospect, I can only thank the tax authorities because once you get comfortable with the car, you never want to change.
Volkswagen introduced the Amarok 2010 model and the word Amarok means wolf on Inuktitut (an Eskimo-Aleutian dialect). From the beginning, Amarok was manufactured in Argentina and had a manual transmission and a twin-diesel diesel of 163 horsepower. These cars have since proven that they are unable to maintain the same quality as current cars built at the Hanover plant.
In 2013, the 180-horsepower model arrived and in 2016 the highly-anticipated update received the V6 engine of three liters and 224 horsepower. The same engine is found in a number of other Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models. In addition to updating the engine, the interior got a real boost.
Electric seats, as well as Apple CarPlay. The performance was boosted with a new V6 engine, which means 7.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h. In addition, it managed to reduce consumption from CO2 emissions to 208 from 199. These changes have really won me over.
“Driving a pickup may not be the first thing to think about when it comes to style, but this one has an attitude”
When the Amarok was updated with the new V6 engine, Apple CarPlay was introduced as a new feature. Another thing was “Servotronic” that changes the control depending on speed.
The rear window is now openable and now has powerful LED lighting. Black Sheep Innovations is the company that produces these modified rear windows for the Amarok.
Some like to fly under the radar while others like to stand out. For my part, the latter has been what I preferred. In order to get flashier on Amarok, you need to change some things. It took a while before I understood exactly what to change though.
At first, I thought it would be cool to put on fatter tires, but that was not enough. Due to the fact that I saw a pair of wheels from a brand called Delta 4x4 and searched for further, I ended up on their website and then the idea came to me to get that look on the Amarok.
Delta 4x4 has two kits for this, 50 or 100 mm. The former is good enough if you drive like me in town and want to get into the usual parking garage. The elevation is made with bricks under the body which means that you do not affect the chassis at all. Then you have to widen the screen widths. Delta 4x4 has widened the 6 cm car on each side, which in turn allows you to have larger wheels on. Together, with Delta 4x4 rims, the car is looking good.
At the front of the car, you mount a front bow that gives the front an extra raw appearance. The work on the Amarok modifications was done by a company in Enköping called Keltech Bilinredning AB. They work with these type of cars the most but also work on other vehicles.
When I was searching for accessories and things for Amarok, I came into contact with a company called Black Sheep Innovations, which comes from Switzerland. Their main product is a storage solution. What they do is that they take out the contents that are in unused spaces and then mount an inset that contains trays as well as a lid with hinges. What you get is an ultra-slim storage solution where you easily access things in an otherwise unused part of the car.
Black Sheep Inn also has other products, such as a rear window with opening function and lamps, rooftop with solar panels and more. Everything with Swiss quality. To protect their load on the bed, there are many different solutions, such as full-bodied hoods and more. For my part, I need access to the bed to be able to work from. So a so-called roll-top is what I prefer. The best on the market comes from the Mountain Top brand. It is metal and locked and protects things from both wet and battered people.
The column is called Nardo Gray and has often been used by Audi on their RS models. There are many companies that perform foil work. The practicality of Keltech Bilinredning AB is that they have a company called Wrap My Car connected to them so all film work can be performed in conjunction with other modifications. To get the tire, which comes from Cooper Tires, I have fitted stickers made by a company called Tred Wear.
“The car has extra equipment for $30,000”
As the dot of “I”, I was able to install one of its optimizations, BSR, the long-term leader in engine optimization. The whole transformation resulted in an increase in power from 224 horses to 317. The torque increased from 550 Newton to 695. A real power boost that significantly affects performance. This boost is fun but also makes you feel safe as you reduce the time you're in danger zone during a bypass.
After driving the Volkswagen Amarok for almost five years and having been beta through four Amarok, I can only say that this is among the best work vehicle in its class. There are many other brands that make similar pickups but everyone has their shortcomings. In fact, Amarok always gets the highest rating. So regardless of whether you choose to upgrade your Amarok according to the above changes, or run it as it is, you will not be disappointed.
|Volkswagen Amarok V6
|Basic price: from $ 45,500
Extra modifications: $30,000
Engine: 3 liter V6 diesel turbo V, 224 hp. Torque 550 Nm
Power Transmission: Engine Front, 8-Steering Automatic, Four-
Wheel Drive Acceleration: 0-100 in 7.9 sec. Top speed: 193 km / h
Petrol consumption mixed driving according to the manufacturer: 0.76 l / mil
Weight: 2169 kg
Warranty: New car 3-years, 12-year rust, 3-years paint
Article previously published in Voyage Magazine.