Volkswagen has announced the availability of an optional six-speed manual gearbox on its popular Amarok pick-up. There is a knock-on benefit with a price reduction of £650 too, which broadens the appeal of the pick-up to a wider audience.
Until now, the Amarok has been available only with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The new, six-speed manual transmission is available on the entry-level Trendline trim and under normal conditions, sends power to the rear wheels. However, at the touch of a button, the front axle is engaged for all-wheel-drive when required. Thanks to the manual gearbox, an additional off-road gear reduction function permits extreme crawling pace, helpful when making complicated progress off-road and scaling particularly steep inclines of up to 45°.
The new 3.0-litre TDI V6 engine introduced nearly a year ago produces its maximum power of 204PS between 3,000 and 4,500rpm, and maximum torque of 500Nm between 1,250 and 2,750rpm. It has a combined fuel economy of 32.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 229g/km. The zero to 62mph sprint takes just 8.4 seconds – quicker than its automatic counterpart at 9.1 – and it has a top speed of 119mph (117 for the auto).
The latest version of the Amarok went on sale in the UK in December 2016. It now wears a refreshed external look and an all-new interior plus the latest in in-car infotainment systems and technology. In addition to the new manual 204PS version, a lesser-powered 163PS manual Amarok is due to join the range early next year.
The new 204PS manual version is available to order now, with first customer deliveries expected in February 2018 – WG.
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