The tuning masters at Abt Sportsline are once again turning their attention to the Volkswagen Amarok pickup. The latest work focuses on boosting the output from the truck's 3.0-litre diesel V6, and the firm is able to take the power figures to 302 bhp and 465 pound-feet, instead of the stock 255 bhp and 428 lb-ft.
Gallery: Volkswagen Amarok by Abt
After the upgrade from the Abt Engine Control module, the Amarok can hit 60 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds, rather than 8.0 seconds in stock form. The modified truck's top speed is 131.1 mph.
Abt can also tweak the lower-output versions of this diesel V6. The firm can push the 221-bhp variant to 262 bhp, and the pre-facelift 177-bhp model goes to 197 bhp.
Gallery: Delta 4x4 VW Amarok
While Abt's new offering gives the Amarok a power boost, there are lots of companies out there supplying an extensive array of other aftermarket parts for VW's truck. The German firm Delta 4X4 (gallery above) demonstrates what's possible with the recent Beast show truck. It features a ride height that's 250 millimetres taller than stock thanks to modifications like a raised suspension, larger wheels, and 35-inch all-terrain tyres.
Delta 4X4 matches the added off-road capability with a more aggressive body. The new parts include a brush bar in front, style bar along the cargo bed, big wheel arch flares, and an array of LED light bars for illuminating the way forward.
Combining Abt's extra power tuning kit and Delta 4X4 improved off-road capability would make for quite a tough, European truck.
ABT Sportsline 2019 – Press Release CW 25
ABT gives VW Amarok a rocking 306 hp
They are rugged, powerful and cool and now rank as the trendiest cars in Europe: pick-ups! Since 2010, the VW Amarok has been one of this country’s best-sellers. Introduced last year, the 3.0 TDI 4motion provides the optimum power package, delivering 258 hp (190 kW) and 580 Nm. You want more? Thanks to ABT Engine Control (AEC), the heart of all ABT Power performance upgrades, you can have 306 hp (225 kW) and maximum torque of 630 Nm. This provides an increase of almost 50 hp, or exactly 50 Nm. The Amarok now achieves 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds rather than 8.0 seconds. And it now reaches a top speed of 131.1 mph.
The power upgrade becomes particularly apparent when the Amarok is fully loaded or is pulling a heavy trailer. Its 2.5-square-metre load area can accommodate a Euro pallet diagonally. Its payload is around a tonne and it can pull up to 3.5 tonnes.
If this has whet your appetite, but your Amarok has the TDI engine with 224 hp (165 kW), ABT Sportsline can increase its performance to 265 hp (195 kW). For models pre-dating the 2H07 facelift, an upgrade is available for the 2.0 TDI with 180 hp (132 kW). In this case, ABT can deliver 200 hp (147 kW).