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Power Play

Words and pictures by Grant Spolander.

Power Play

VW has recently upgraded the Amarok’s 2.0 BiTDI engine. Previously, this twin-turbo, common rail unit produced 120 kW, but this figure has subsequently risen to 132 kW thanks to minor ECU modifications. The engine’s torque output remains unchanged with 400 Nm @ 1 500 to 2 250 rpm. Fortunately, this 12 kW power gain doesn’t affect the Amarok’s respectable fuel-economy figures, and the big bakkie still claims an impressive 8.0 l / 100 km for the 4MOTION model.

According to VW, small changes were also made to the Amarok’s clutch pedal action, which is now smoother to operate and makes it easier to pull away. (Since the bakkie’s launch in September ’10, many users have complained that the Amarok’s clutch pedal is too harsh and difficult to operate, leading to frequent stalling when pulling away). The rest of the Amarok line-up remains unchanged, and budget-conscious buyers can still opt for the lesser specced Trendline unit which sports 90 kW and 340 Nm. This power plant sips just 7.7 l / 100 km and features a single-turbo design. Unfortunately, the final model in the range, a 118 kW 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, is only available in 2WD guise. All of the above-mentioned models are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission and include a 3 year / 100 000 km warranty, 5 year / 90 000 km service plan and a 6 year anti-corrosion warranty.

PRICING Amarok DC 2.0 BiTDI 132 kW Highline 4Motion R425 300

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