2012 Volkswagen Amarok Will Get 8-speed Automatic Gearbox Option
2012 VW Amarok
For the 2012MY Amarok, the German automaker Volkswagen will offer as an optional feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox which promises to reduce fuel consumption.
Fitted with an all-time 4-wheel drive system and a new 2.0-liter bi-turbo TDI engine that develops 180 PS (132 kW) mated to the 8-speed transmission, the Amarok will be able to have a fuel consumption of only 7.6 liters / 100 km while CO2 emissions will be of 199 g/km.
The additional gear has been configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear which will operate at low engine speed.
Although performances are somewhat irrelevant in a pickup truck that has a diesel engine, we have to mention that the VW Amarok needs 8.5 seconds from 80 to 120 km/h and it can hit a top speed of 179 km/h.
Thanks to the implementation of this 8-speed transmission, the truck’s towing capacity has been increased to 3.2 metric tons.
So, not only it looks good, but it is also a frugal truck that has an impressive towing capacity.
It seems that VW has found the recipe for success once again.