AMAROK RETAINS TOP-DOG STATUS

VOLKSWAGEN has unleashed its Amarok Ultimate 580. Backed by a ZF eight-speed auto, the Ultimate 580 is slightly skewed to the more on-road biased owner, thanks to its massive 20-inch wheels and low-profile tyres. There’ no upsize in the brakes on the 580, so there’ no reason you couldn’ fit the 17- or 18-inch wheels. The Ultimate produces 190kW (200kW on overboost) and 580Nm, eclipsing the previous TDV6 model (165kW/550Nm), and offers constant four-wheel drive. With an asking price of $71,990 the 580 is in direct competition with the Ford Ranger Raptor ($74,990), Toyota Hilux Rugged X (auto: $63,690), Holden Colorado Xtreme ($69,990 driveaway) and the incoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class X350d (from $73,270).

The German marque also announced the Amarok Core TDV6 is on the way. It retains the 165kW/550Nm 3.0TDV6, backed by an eight-speed auto, and comes with 17-inch alloys shod with 245/65R17 rubber.