VW Amarok gets new variants and Limited Editions

VW Amarok V6 Core MT, Amarok V6 Highline Black, and Amarok Canyon

Amarok HL BlackVolkswagen Australia has listened to feedback and has now introduced the powerful V6 Amarok fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and low-range transfer case.

In addition, the Australian Amarok range will expand in the coming months to include two new models: the permanent addition of the Amarok V6 Highline Black, and the return of the Amarok Canyon special edition.

Amarok V6 Manual Interior

Amarok V6 Core 4×4 Manual

The V6 Amarok has proved successful for VW, with the high-specification range of Volkswagen’s dual cab ute consistently outselling four-cylinder derivatives. In some months V6 variants have comprised more than 80% of Amarok sales.

While the Amarok’s eight-speed ZF automatic has proved versatile, for the off-road enthusiast, a manual variant of the V6 Amarok is still perceived as the Holy Grail for traversing peaks and shifting terrain. That has now become a reality thanks to the support of Australian fans.

Ryan Davies, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, was delighted to offer this Amarok variant to customers.

“At every off-road, caravan and camping expo and Big Red Bash concert the team and I attend, we speak with current owners and members of the off-roading community who have begged us to bring an Amarok V6 manual to Australia,” Mr Davies explained.

Amarok V6 Manual Interior

“It was because of that passion that we were able to mount a case with our head office in Germany to build one and, based on Australia remaining the number one export market in the world for the V6 Amarok, we are finally able to offer this unique, Aussie-spec ‘Rok.”

Available from December, the Amarok V6 manual will be offered in the ever-popular Core model variant in keeping with the vehicle’s intended off-road focus.

Amarok V6 Core 4×4 Manual – Performance
Max power –165kW (180kW on overboost)
Max torque –500Nm
Transmission –6 Speed Manual
Towing –3.0 Tonne braked towing

Amarok HL Black

Amarok V6 Highline Black

On sale this month, the Amarok V6 Highline variant offer expands to include a unique ‘Black’ specification, carrying with it a host of blacked-out features including 20-inch ‘Talca’ black alloy wheels, styling bar and side bars in high gloss back finish, black rear bumper, ‘Salipra’ cloth seat trim in Palladium colour scheme and, to complete the look, black badging on the Amarok’s tailgate.

The Highline Black becomes a permanent fixture in the V6 Highline range from August, and is available from an RRP of $64,990.

3.0 litre V6 TDI
Torque –580Nm
Power –190kW (200kW on overboost)

“Salipra” Cloth seat upholstery in Palladium (Vienna leather* with heated seats optional at extra cost)
Black headlining and pillar trims
“Discover Media” Navigation system with App-Connect

20-inch ‘Talca’ black alloy wheels
High gloss finish black styling bar (long design) and side bars
Gloss black exterior mirrors
Gloss black/chrome radiator grill bars
Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
Front bumper design element
Black rear bumper

Amarok Canyon


Arriving next month, the Canyon model special edition returns, this time offered as a V6. The Amarok V6 Canyon TDI550 comes standard with the 550Nm V6 turbo-diesel offered in Core and Highline models, as well as the venerable 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.

More than just a ‘sticker pack’ special edition, the Canyon comes with a raft of special features that instantly make the unique Amarok stand out from the pack; these include: special ‘Canyon’ seat trim, dark tinted tail lights, 17-inch ‘Aragua’ alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, ‘Canyon’ door and tailgate decals and a black rear bumper.

The Canyon is available in four colours, Candy White, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect and the iconic Outback Orange, which also uniquely comes standard with black guards over the wheel arches.

The Amarok V6 Canyon TDI550 will arrive in Volkswagen dealerships from September, and is currently limited to 350 units, priced from RRP $57,990.

Amarok Canyon Specifications

3.0 litre V6 TDI
Torque –550Nm
Power –165kW (180kW on overboost)

Cloth seat trim cover special edition Canyon
Black headlining and pillar trims
Multi-function display premium colour
Composition Media with App-Connect
Climatronic air conditioning system

17-inch ‘Aragua’ alloy wheels
Canyon door and tailgate decals
Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
Dark tinted rear taillights
Black rear bumper
Park distance control front and rear with reverse camera

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Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then.Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.