Our test vehicle is the W580S, which sits above the W580 as the top-shelf offering in a two-tiered W-Series range. Based on the Highline model in the standard Amarok line-up, the only drivetrain available is the premium 190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel and eight-speed automatic transmission. List price for the W580S is $79,990, which is even more than Ford’s premium-priced Ranger Raptor ($79,390) which also features unique body and suspension enhancements but with more of an off-road focus.
The W580S offers many unique standard items including 20 x 9-inch ‘Clayton’ alloy wheels and Pirelli Scorpion 275/50 R20 AT-R tyres with full-size alloy spare, twin-tuned exhaust system with W-Series branded tips, wider wheel-arch extensions, tuned suspension (see Design), special grille and front fascia detailing, bonnet protector, LED front fog lamps with cornering function, sail plane sports bar, protective tub-liner, body decals and Vienna leather-trimmed seats with the fronts heated and offering 14-way power adjustment.
There’s also prominent Walkinshaw branding on the body decals, tailgate badge, seat headrests and carpet mats plus a sequentially-numbered build plate on the console, so there’s no mistaking a W-Series with any other model in the Amarok range.