It’s unlikely that that Volkswagen will build a performance Amarok on its own, and will instead look toward its ongoing Walkinshaw partnership
Volkswagen Australia’s general manager of corporate communications, Paul Pottinger, said that Walkinshaw could lead the way with a performance ute, while also not ruling out an R-badged version in the spirit of Volkswagen’s fast passenger car models.
“The [previous generation] W580 is more indicative of the way in which we will go. That’s not to say there won’t be an R. There might be both”.
“History already points to the most logical answer,” Pottinger said.
Volkswagen Australia made the good point that the R brand has never really been about the commercial side of the business, and more for passenger cars like the Golf R.
It’s expected that the next-generation of Walkinshaw-fettled Amaroks will begin later in the new-generation Amarok’s life cycle.
We know from history that the outputs for the last-gen Walkinshaw Amarok remained largely the same, however it was more about fine tuning the chassis with better suspension.
We could expect to see a similar-to-Ranger-Raptor Fox-shock Amarok in the future with an existing engine.
In terms of powertrain, Volkswagen, along with Walkinshaw, have plenty to work with this time around with this new Amarok generation and have multiple engines to choose from.
While it’s unlikely that Walkinshaw will turn up the boost on this existing engine lineup, the Aventura’s Ford-sourced 222kW/452Nm 2.3-litre petrol engine could be a winner for a performance-focused ute with on or off-road suspension fitted.
And of course, the venerable 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine with 184kW/600Nm is certainly a more likely option for Volkswagen and Walkinshaw, as it’s fitted exclusively to the current flagship multi-terrain Panamericana.
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