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Volkswagen Amarok V6 manual coming to Australia in December

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Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the Amarok V6 manual will arrive here in December but only the Core variant will get the manual transmission.

Volkswagen has confirmed the Amarok V6 manual will arrive in Australia in December, saying it has listened to customers. The manual transmission will only be available on the Core variant, with the more-power 580 Ultimate sticking with its eight-speed automatic transmission only. The Amarok V6 Core makes 165kW at 2500-4800rpm and can overboost to 180kW and has 550Nm of torque from 1500-2500rpm. The braked towing capacity is 3500kg with a towball download of 300kg.

Speaking about customer feedback, Ryan Davies, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, said: “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”.

“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,” Ryan said.

In addition to the manual Amarok V6 Core, Volkswagen announced it will launch two new limited-edition models in Australia, the Amarok V6 Highline Black and the Amarok Canyon.

Question: Will the Amarok V6 Core manual become the off-road weapon of choice?


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  • Looking at car ads many of 4 cylinder models have had to replace their engines as early as after 60-70k kms. If v6 is guaranteed to last more than 300k kms with regular service and no offroad I’d consider it.

  • I’ve had a manual Amarok (4cyl) for 5 years now and the six speed manual is excellent. Towing a car trailer and Polaris sxs off-road is no drama, so easily the V6 manual with more torque will be outstanding. I bought VW as I liked how the vehicle drove and now am a convert as mine has not done anything but impress me where other brands (4×4 dual cabs work utes) disappointed after driving the VW. Most people bagging the Amarok (some have been friends that now have a different opinion) have never driven one on or off road, they just believe some random crap on the net. Drive one, you may just be surprised.

  • I have a V6 Grand Cherokee 8spd auto with terrain select. You can go anywhere in this car without any fear of getting stuck.

  • I’ve read recently a lot issues with the Auto when it comes to reversing (ie Google and look up 4x4earth). From the info I read, this Manual hopefully will fix the issue

  • Why would they do that? Everyone knows that modern autos are better than manual boxes. A lack of low range might still be putting people off and I haven’t read of testing anywhere that comprehensively tests the eight speed in difficult low speed conditions or towing a camper.

    • I certainly have tested mine pretty well, 20000kms of off-road caravan towing, much of it on rough dirt like the Qld Gulf Savannah way, and this week, the Kimberley 660km Gibb river road, plus 200 more on very rough rocky sidetracks. Occasionally at walking pace over rocks. The auto used manually allows the engine to constantly run at around 1900 to 2200, just selecting gear 6, 7, or occasionally 8 to match.
      A service in Broome today revealed no issues of any kind, not even a rattle, and both engine and transmission operating sweetly and smoothly..

      • And just for good measure, I took my Touareg (2015) along the same route last year with a 19.5 ft van in tow. It didn’t miss beat. At the end of the Tanami, the VW people in The Alice gave it the all clear. Love VWs.

  • It really needs low range. I reckon this is what people really asked for. If it had low range and a manual I would consider it. If it had 8sp auto and a low range I’d buy it. May be we’ve got to wait for the new ranger/amrok to fix all these problems!!??

    • Once I would have agreed with you, but after many very steep wet river crossings in the lower Gulf around Boorooloola, I did not miss it. The current low gear is extremely low, at it pulled the caravan up some steep creek banks at walking speed easily.

      • Yes i agreed with that too, but the lack of low range stopped me from buying one too. I had a v6 amarok on long term test with lots of towing and it was spectacular, but i believe some circumstances the auto would struggle and towing a large off-road camper on Fraser island would be a risk without low range. I too have been stuck on inskip point towing a 2t camper and i needed all from my 100 series to get out and with this in mine i went for the thirsty 200 series before the amarok.

    • Hi all, I have not yet read where anyone has disabled they traction control when off-road. A traditional low range auto magically does this. I have driven mine on many drive without diff lock on just by disabling traction control. This provides another option of engaging diff lock on difficult terrian

  • I’m not in the market for a ute right now, but I would only ever buy a manual transmission vehicle, as I have done during my 59 years of driving and owning cars. It would also need to have dual range transfer case, as has every other ute. Another shortcoming of the Amarok is that there are no air bags for the rear seats, unless fixing that problem has slipped past my notice.

    • The Amarok is one of very few 4WDs that have permanent free 4WD. This works very well on rocky climbs like those on the Gibb river road. It stops the jerky wheel slip that creates huge load spikes through the transmission without it.
      The Torsen centre diff works well. It is possible to sense its workings on steep loose rocky climbs. And the rear diff can be locked if necessary. I really can’t see how any improvement could be made.
      At one particularly steep creek, we had an audience watching our progress out of the bottom and up the steep wet bank. They were disappointed….

  • Is the reason that the manual only comes with the low tune that the manual box is not up to the torque? This has happened with other 4X4’s in the past. My prediction is there are going to be a few manuals with broken gear boxes especially from rock crawling in first.

  • So how does thjs become an offroad towing vehicle of choice when offroad mode is disabledwhen you connect a trailer?

    • Really…. Are you sure? I am looking at getting one and didn’t hear that.
      Why would they disable the off road mode when towing?

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