Volkswagen has come out swinging ahead of the arrival of its updated Amarok.
Available with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces a claimed 165kW and 550Nm, Volkswagen has let slip that the model also features an overboost function that lifts outputs to 180kW and 580Nm for 10 second periods.
That reinforces the new model's place as the most powerful dual-cab four-wheel-drive ute on the market. Holden's refreshed Colorado is the next-best proposition, offering 147kW and 500Nm outputs from its 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine.
Volkswagen claims its new model reaches 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. While most ute producers don't publish acceleration figures, sister website Drive has recorded a 9.9 second dash for the Colorado, and a mix of 10 and 11-second times for other models such as the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara.
VW says 6000 people have inquired about the new model, which goes on sale on November 24.
The brand's director of commercial vehicles, Carlos Santos, had a crack at media coverage surrounding Mercedes-Benz global unveiling of its Navara-based X-Class pick-up concept cars this week.
"The Amarok V6 is not an over-hyped concept or a badge engineering exercise," he says.
"It's real, it's almost here and it brings the world's best V6 turbo diesel, the same unit used by Porsche and Audi in luxury SUVs."
Volkswagen has not confirmed full Australian pricing and specifications for the upcoming model.
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