Volkswagen has introduced the V6 Amarok fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and low-range transfer case to Australia.
The company says that while the Amarok’s eight-speed ZF automatic has proved versatile in all conditions, off-road enthusiasts prefer aa manual gearbox for traversing peaks and shifting terrain.
“At every off-road, caravan and camping expo and Big Red Bash concert the team and I attend, we speak with current owners and members of the off-roading community who have begged us to bring an Amarok V6 manual to Australia,” said Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, Ryan Davies.
“It was because of that passion that we were able to mount a case with our head office in Germany to build one and, based on Australia remaining the number one export market in the world for the V6 Amarok, we are finally able to offer this unique, Aussie-spec ‘Rok,” added Davies.
With 180kW on overboost and 500Nm of torque, the Amarok V6 is the most powerful manual-equipped vehicle in its class and maximum torque is available from 1,250rpm.
Permanently joining the existing Amarok range, the Amarok V6 manual is offered in the Core model variant, in keeping with the vehicle’s intended off-road focus. In addition, a manual transmission will also be offered in a new Core Enduro model variant, which includes unique styling bar, bonnet protector and decals – adding $1,200 of added value, as a no-cost option to customers.
The six-speed manual gearbox is paired with a non-permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system (traditional four-wheel-drive), this is a different system than the permanent four wheel drive system fitted to the eight-speed automatic Amarok.
It has a part-time transfer box which permits two gear stages:
Electrical engagement of front-wheel drive (4×4 HIGH)
Front-wheel drive engagement and an additional reduction stage (4×4 LOW)
The buttons for activating and deactivating the drive ranges, the differential lock and the off-road drive programme are positioned on the centre console. The drive programme switch means there is no need for a second selector lever. A mechanical rear-axle differential lock is fitted as standard.
The Amarok V6 manual features a 100 per cent mechanical differential lock, used for driving in heavy terrain at low speed. The rear wheels are powered with the same speed of rotation and power, and the ABS/ESP control is deactivated when the differential lock is engaged.
The off-road programme is activated by pressing the driving programme button (in the centre console), or automatically – when 4×4 LOW drive range is activated. Activation of the off-road drive programme is indicated by the driving programme warning light in the dash panel insert.
Vehicles with offroad ABS can brake better on ground such as sand and gravel by building up a skid wedge of loose material in front of the wheels. The skid wedge brakes the vehicle additionally and shortens the braking distance depending on the composition of the ground.
When off-road mode is activated, ESP control behaviour, like off-road ABS, augments vehicle behaviour in order to improve traction. ESP intervenes somewhat later at speeds below 50 km/h when the vehicle is understeering, and at speeds below 70 km/h when the vehicle is oversteering. This feature minimises ESP intervention in situations where wheel slip is required, as the vehicle searches for traction in difficult terrain.
The hill-descent assist makes descending steep hills more straightforward and more controllable. It limits the speed by active brake intervention at all wheels using the ESP hydraulics.
The system keeps the speed constant after the vehicle has started its descent. The driver can increase or reduce the speed at any time using the accelerator and brakes. The hill-descent assist adjusts speed within its control range between 2km/h and max 30 km/h.
The switch-on conditions for hill-descent assist are:
- Automatic activation in 4×4 LOW
- Slope forwards > 10 per cent, reverse > 8 per cent
- Vehicle speed v < 30 km/h
- Driver brakes less than the downslope force
- Accelerator pedal is not pressed. The system functions when driving forwards and in reverse.
AMAROK V6 CORE TDI500 4X4 MANUAL – PERFORMANCE
Max power, kW @ rpm: 165 @ 3,250 – 4,500
180kW on overboost
Max torque, Nm @ rpm: 500 @ 1,250 – 3,000
Transmission: six speed manual
Towing: 3.0 Tonne braked towing capacity
KEY FEATURES – V6 CORE 4X4
Composition media with App-Connect
Park distance control in rear with rear view camera
Daytime running lights
‘Austin’ cloth seat covering
Front fog lamps
17″ ‘POSADAS’ alloy wheels
Heavy duty front and rear rubber floor covering in cabin
Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
Climatic air-conditioning system (semi-automatic)
Additional Features – V6 Core Enduro 4×4 (above standard V6 Core 4×4)
Black ‘Enduro’ side decals
Front bonnet protector
Black sports bar
Amarok V6 Core 4×4 with six-speed manual transmission: RRP AU$49,590
Amarok V6 Core Enduro 4×4 with six-speed manual transmission: RRP AU$49,590