Ever get a feeling of deja vu? Volkswagen is reprising the success of its 2014 Amarok Dark Label special edition by launching an updated model for 2018. Like all new Amaroks, this time the Dark Label comes with 3.0-litre V6 power, rather than the then-range topping 2.0-litre BiTurbo model.
The difference is not huge, but it’s likely to be very satisfying for the lucky drivers. Whereas the 2.0-litre engine put out 180 PS and 420Nm, the new V6-powered Amarok pumps out 204 PS and a stump-pulling 500 Nm of torque from 1,250-2,750rpm.
You won’t need to stir the ‘box to keep moving in this pickup. And seamless delivery of power is guaranteed as the new Dark Label comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, coupled with permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
What else is new?
As you’d expect, the Dark Label is fully specced up. On the outside, this pickup will be fitted with 18″ Rawson alloy wheels, matt black mirror housings, black door handles and a black rear bumper. Standard paint is Carbon Steel grey metallic, although buyers can also choose between Deep Black pearlescent or matt Indium Grey.
Matt black side bars and rear styling bar complete the picture (of a truck you won’t want to get dirty).
Inside, the black theme continues with Alcantara seat covers, black headlining and “unique Dark Label floor mats”. Infotainment is VW’s upmarket Discover Media system, which comes with a 6.3″ touchscreen, together with Voice Enhancer and Guide & Inform.
Practical touches for drivers include rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic headlights with follow-me-home function and heated, adjustable and folding door mirrors.
Order books are open
It’s an attractive package and only “around 200 units” will be available. Order books close in April with prices starting from £33,650 + VAT&OTR charges. That’s a hefty £7,425 more than the previous Dark Label.