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The VW Amarok is the only mainstream ute with a V6 turbodiesel engine. Now VW has partnered with Walkinshaw to boost its off-road ability.
When you’re on a good thing, stick with it. That’s the approach Volkswagen has taken to its partnership with Walkinshaw in developing specialized versions of the Amarok ute.
Short-term, that means a limited-edition run of 600 vehicles with upgraded components to better tackle bush duties.
In the long run, expect to see Walkinshaw logos emblazoned on high-performance versions of the next-generation Amarok.
That vehicle is due to be globally revealed on July 7. VW partnered with Ford to develop the ute, but the agreement precludes the German company from getting access to the Ranger Raptor versions.
That puts Walkinshaw in the driver’s seat to continue its modification work, alongside re-engineering Dodge Rams and Chevrolet Silverados for Australia.
For now, though, the focus is on the VW Amarok W580X. It follows on from the W580 and W580S special editions that were aimed at improving on-road performance.