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Volkswagen's grunty Amarok ute

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 09:27 14/05/2013

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Volkswagen has uncovered what could be the first hint at a hot new performance-focused Amarok ute.

The sporty new Amarok Concept Worthersee 2013 was revealed at the weekend's Volkswagen fan show in Austria, boasting a punchy 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine producing 200kW of power and 600Nm of torque.

The engine is teamed to an eight-speed automatic, with power sent to all four wheels. VW claims the concept can sprint from 0-100kmh in 7.9 seconds - about a second slower than the current Golf GTI.

VW Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr Eckhard Scholz has confirmed he wants to see a performance-focused Amarok become a reality.

"We will see the reaction, and then we will discuss it," Scholz told Fairfax Media.

"Normally the segment for the sports version is very small. For me it's to bring more emotion into our product. For this, this power Amarok is our idea.

The single-cab model shown at the Worthersee festival boasted a more comfort-focused interior, with leather sports seats, a 8.0-inch touchscreen media system and huge stereo with a centrally-mounted 500 watt subwoofer.

Exterior modifications included widened wheelarches to accommodate a set of 22-inch alloy wheels, 80mm lowered suspension, bi-xenon headlights, a custom tray system with twin roll-out drawers and a top-mounted tether system for a go-kart. At the rear there is also a carbon fibre diffuser and dual exhausts, plus tinted taillights and red, white and black side decals.

VW wouldn't be the first brand to offer a sporty 4x4 ute, if a production version does make it to market.

Toyota previously offered its TRD HiLux ute, which boasted a supercharged V6 engine, and HSV also dabbled in the 4x4 performance ute market with the Crewman-based Avalanche XUV model.

-Fairfax Media Australia

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