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).
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.