‘Our’ Amarok comes in Highline trim and is fitted with that colossal 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. That means 258PS (254bhp) at 3,250rpm, but more importantly a staggering 550Nm (405lb ft) of torque from just 1,400rpm. Therefore, despite weighing in at just under 2.2 tonnes unladen, the Amarok will fire itself to 62mph in just 7.4 seconds.
Incredible powerplant aside, the Highline trim level means 18-inch Manaus alloys, a 6.33-inch touchscreen infotainment system including Android Auto and DAB radio, a leather multi-function wheel, a protective coating for the floor of the load bay, heated wing mirrors and heated front seats, all for a total of £42,887 on the road before extras. Our car also came with the additional navigation pack, ErgoComfort 13-way adjustable front seats, a reversing camera and parking sensors, automatic lights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Inside that makes the Amarok an incredibly well-equipped pick-up, and very much allows it to become more of an alternative to an SUV than most.
Underneath, the front suspension is MacPherson-type while the rear sits on reinforced leaf-springs, and the whole car is reinforced with a ladder chassis.