Volkswagen has announced the launch of its most powerful bakkie yet, with its new Amarok Double Cab able to produce 190kW of power.

The model, which launched as part of a celebration of 10 years of Amarok in South Africa, is also the most expensive bakkie option sold by Volkswagen, at just under a R1 million.

The German carmaker said that its most powerful Amarok distinguishes itself from the rest of the range through a new 3.0-litre V6 190kW TDI engine, which has 25kW more power as well as 30Nm more torque than the outgoing 165kW derivative.

Below BusinessTech looked at how the new Amarok compares to other top-end double-cab options in South Africa.


Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI double cab Extreme 4Motion – R996,000

  • Fuel consumption average – 9.5l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum – 580  Nm
  • Power maximum – 190 kW

Mercedes-Benz X350d double cab 4Matic Power – R985,113

  • Fuel consumption average – 9.0l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum –  550 Nm
  • Power maximum – 190 kW

Ford Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo double cab 4×4 Raptor – R888,900

  • Fuel consumption average – 8.3l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum –  500 Nm
  • Power maximum –  157 kW

Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 double cab 4×4 Legend RS auto – R851,100

  • Fuel consumption average – 8.0l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum –  500 Nm
  • Power maximum –  150 kW

Nissan Navara 2.3D double cab 4×4 Stealth auto – R714,300

  • Fuel consumption average – 7.0l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum –  450 Nm
  • Power maximum –  140 kW

Land Cruiser 79 LC79 4.5 Diesel V8 DC – R807,300

  • Fuel consumption average – 11.9l/100km (diesel)
  • Torque maximum –  430 Nm
  • Power maximum –  150 kW

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