TG drives the VW Amarok in Africa
Another epic Top Gear magazine feature from the archives: the only thing between us and certain death is a VW...
Posted: 17 Oct 2013
On the subject of diesel, our Amarok's got a good 'un - VW's new 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo making 178bhp and a chunky 309lb ft of torque. You'd never mistake it for a silky BMW six, but by the standards of ute engines, it's a muted, smooth thing - and, most importantly, seemingly unflustered by its 50°C roasting. A four-pot turbodiesel might sound pretty workaday in Britain, but down here it's regarded as almost radical. Stopped for fuel a few days back in Kotzenshoop, right on the South African border, a couple of locals - both pink of face and khaki of attire - wandered over to peruse our pickup.
"Amarok," grunted the bigger, more ham-like of the two, looking at the badge. He boasted a Seventies moustache and a strong Afrikaans accent, which makes even the most innocent utterance sound like you're trying to start a fight. "Turbo, eh?"