The VW Amarok Passion is equipped with a V8 engine and leather seats for luxury performance athletes.
This scene is the driver in the Audi A8 will not soon forget probably. As he beats his luxury liner with more than 200 items on the left lane – and then makes himself in the rearview mirror suddenly a face wide as he has never seen: black, tall, wide and threatening like a storm front is a suppressed VW Amarok in his field of vision. And he does not want to move from the Pelle partout – at over 200 km / h. I think I’m in the wrong movie! Not at all. Forest, meadow and construction have always been the area of the Amarok, now conquered the pick-up even the fast lane. Made possible by a donation from the Group brother Touareg Where previously was the 2.0-liter TDI with 180 PS and 400 Nm conclusion roars beneath the high dome now a mighty V8 diesel, and the already in the series to 340 PS 800 Nm comes. But with a few new lines of code in the engine electronics, the men have muscle behind the pickup teased out from the jewelery-clad powerhouse even 410 hp and 930 Nm. Thus, a steel mountain of two tons feels himself suddenly very slightly and you would rather not ask more, so the developers have to pick-up the first time uprated to 3.5 tons.
A big thing at cost
Of course this is not an official VW project. With all love for lust and power and probably a beer after the commercial vehicle troop is much too sober for such a crazy idea. But the force behind Grumpy with the rather aptly nicknamed ” V8 Passion “is the vehicle manufacturer Dirks from Emden, otherwise ascending or remodels with no fewer than 1,500 men for VW to almost all Group sites authorities and emergency vehicles. That is, first, a rather fluctuating business, secondly, haggled over every penny and thirdly, it remains rather fun on the track. Of such inspiration, project manager Volker Kahle from Hanover came the idea of compensating private commercial vehicles . To get started, the troops of Dirks has thus pushed a very thick number. “We wanted to show what we have everything on it,” says Kahle proud. “And we wanted to make something that available nowhere else.” All alone we went but not: Because the northern lights experience with the drive is missing, they have sought help in Bavaria and are at MTM at the gates of Ingolstadt found it. So those black giant was created in teamwork, which makes it so wonderful fat cheeks outside the customer center in Hanover and just waiting to finally storm the fast lane.
So up on the box and in with the ignition key. I do not care if in Hannover suddenly the earth quakes. At some point I have to turn on the engine so times. While now probably somewhere shatter the first windows, awakens the power plant with a deep rumble to life.
From the blue tarnished side pipes under the rear doors rolled zoom a thunderstorm and the Amarok breaks track. Very briefly, still remains the colossus as frozen, then he explodes with power and knows no stopping. Faster and faster he rolls them like an avalanche and let nothing and stop anyone anymore: If the four 295 rolls of up to 930 Nm tear on the asphalt and the eight-speed automatic hardly comes after the kick down with the switch, then falls Tempo 100 mark after just 6.0 seconds and the model series in the rearview mirror is very, very small. Finally, the then barely 50 kph on the speedometer. And where is standard on nearly 180 circuit and you have to pay quite doggedly stomp on the pedal, you have the V8 Passion still at 200 things a smile on his face and only the big toe on the gas. It is only at 220 Elan can so slowly, says project Kahle and told impressively from the wall of wind, anrennt the Amarok at 240 km / h without any chance against. Never mind: Because the man behind it not even now looks with a magnifying glass. Only at the gas station meet up again perhaps. Because even in leisurely ride rushing loose twelve liters by the eight cylinders. And if one extends the Amarok, it’s fast twice.
The truck for the long haul
With the strong heart of the Touareg, it was not done for Dirks and MTM course. As well as rustic sturdy utility vehicle designed, the suspension of the Amarok would probably have capitulated under this power. Therefore, the developer brakes pizza plate format have screwed under the 22-inch model and replaced the leaf springs on the rear axle by a commode air suspension. Now the Amarok will not start even beyond 200 km / h over the highway like a kangaroo on speed rush, but rolled straight ahead like an ICE on the new line. And who can take it a little slower, discovered in the truck suddenly real long-distance qualities.
Everything on Amarok is huge – the price
Even otherwise, the Amarok has its austere charm largely stored and is located in properly classy. The comfortable seats are upholstered in soft Alcantara leather and wearing coarse quilted topstitching in yellow, the air blows out the pretty nozzles of the Audi A3 , on the dashboard, perched additional instruments from the Beetle , many consoles carry a carbon dress and even the handles are now Silicone damped. Just around the steering wheel you can still see pretty much hard plastic – but that should disappear by the start of production under a neat leather Pelle. The development of the V8 Passion took a good year. If after the summer holidays, the production begins, Dirks and want MTM tighten the pace and be ready in five months. After all, they work off a list of 30 serious candidates, which could not be deter even the high price. For 180,000 to 200,000 euros will be for the power pick-up already have to create estimates project Kahle: So fascinating is this effort that it takes as much pleasure in pretty damn truck.