Volkswagen’s answer to the absurdly popular Ford Ranger Raptor, which it developed here in Australia as part of a partnership with Walkinshaw, will arrive two trim levels starting at $71,990 before on-road costs for the base W580.
Based on the V6 turbo-diesel 580 Highline, the W580 boasts a 190kW/580Nm output and eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
It receives Walkinshaw-developed 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion rubber, 40mm raised front and rear suspension with MTB twin-tune dampers, a new grille and fascia with LED fog lamps, Walkinshaw decal pack, and velour sports seats with Walkinshaw headrests.
The next rung-up is the W580S wearing a price of $79,990. It adds a twin-tuned exhaust system, underbody cladding elements, a five-piece tub liner, Vienna leather seats with 14-way power adjust for front passengers, built-in navigation, electric folding mirrors, and a ‘Sail plane’ styling bar over the tray.
The initial allocation of 30 units will have an online pre-sale on the December 3 for delivery in April of 2021, and will come with an expenses paid trip to the Walkinshaw facility in Victoria as well as a track day experience.
VW says the towing capacity is not affected by the Walkinshaw modifications and remains at 3500kg. The brand’s commercial division representatives also wouldn’t rule out further Walkinshaw-developed Amarok variants to expand the range in the future.
The Walkinshaw variants remain covered by Volkswagen’s five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and capped-price service programs.
The Amarok is set to continue in its current form until it is replaced some time in 2023 by a new-generation truck co-developed with Ford. As such it will continue to receive pricing and spec updates for the next two years. Stay tuned as we find out more about the incoming replacement model.