VW Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Gets 47 HP Power Bump Thanks To ABT

ABT Sportsline has made the range-topping Volkswagen Amarok a bit more powerful. By installing their engine control unit, the output of the 3.0-liter diesel V6 has been increased by 48 PS (47 hp / 35 kW) and 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) of torque.

Thus, the German pickup truck now enjoys a maximum output of 306 PS (302 hp / 225 kW) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. Power is still being channeled to the 4-Motion all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission, but thanks to the higher output the 7.9-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time has dropped by two tenths, while top speed is 211 km/h (131 mph).

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The tuner has also upgraded the rest of the range, with the 224 PS (221 hp / 165 kW) diesel-burner now pumping out 265 PS (261 hp / 195 kW) and the 2.0-liter TDI, fitted to the pre-facelifted versions of the pickup truck, gaining 20 PS (20 hp / 15 kW), for a total of 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW).

Despite the power increase, ABT’s V6-powered Amarok remains stock inside and out. Nonetheless, those into pickup trucks know that it can easily by distinguished over the lesser versions, as it gets a sports bar finished in the same color as the exterior, bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs and a set of 20-inch ‘Talca’ wheels with a Dark Graphite look. Along with the Ravenna Blue and Indium Grey, it can be had in an exclusive color called Peacock Green. Interior changes include a number of titanium black elements and Nappa leather.

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  • Six_Tymes

    wow, I didn’t expect it to look so ugly

    • Matt

      What? They didn’t change anything on the exterior. Have you never seen a picture of an Amarok before?

  • Ken Lyns

    Interestingly, despite 302 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, acceleration time is the same as a stock Tacoma. Maybe it’s heavy?

    • Matt

      Are you comparing petrol vs diesel?

      • Ken Lyns

        Yep. Normally the diesel would have an advantage, with more torque at low rpms.

        • Matt

          Petrol has the advantage any day of the week. The narrow power band of diesel means it has to change at least 1-2 more gears before reaching 62mph, increasing the acceleration time. Even Audi’s impressive performance diesels in the new S6 etc. are not as fast as the older petrol models. The ‘longer legs’ of a petrol motor mean they will always be faster than an equivalent diesel engine, even with less torque.

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