MTM VW Amarok V8 Passion Desert Is The European Raptor

MTM has revealed the Amarok V8 Passion Desert, essentially an off-road version of their previous V8 model.

The German tuner ditched the puny 2.0-litre TDI engine for a proper powerplant like the 4.2-litre TDI V8, known from other models in the Group VW. They also upgraded the V8 diesel, which now makes 410hp and a humongous 930Nm (685lb ft) of torque between 2,000 and 3,000rpm. An eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox has the task to transfer the power in all four wheels.

The MTM VW Amarok V8 Passion Desert is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6 seconds, with the top speed rated at 240km/h (149mph), depending on the choice of tires. Speaking of which, the show car you see here is wearing a set of 305/50 Cooper off-road tires, mounted on BBS 10x20in alloy wheels.

All this mass and performance requires good brakes too, with MTM upgrading the braking system by installing a set of massive 405mm front discs and 356mm at the rear.

The car will be present at the Geneva Motor Show and if you want one, you better be prepared. MTM says that the Amarok V8 Passion Desert will cost you around 200,000 euros (around $220k in current exchange rates), with the donor car included.