RE: Amarokking all over the world

RE: Amarokking all over the world

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Amarokking all over the world

VW's heavyweight pickup gets a one-off Arctic Trucks makeover



Well rated though the standard Volkswagen Amarok is, even a vehicle as sturdy as a pick up has its limit. What happens when you reach said threshold? Well, if you're north of the map's last latitude, it's simple - you hand said Amarok over to Arctic Trucks and wait for some winter-defeating magic to happen.

The company has featured on PH recently, having converted a few Toyota Hiluxes to 'Invincible 50' spec to mark the truck's half century, but this Amarok is considerably more serious. And less numerous, being a one-off against the Hilux's 50-unit run.


Taking a 224hp V6 diesel Amarok, Arctic Trucks has fitted a 25mm suspension lift kit, larger mud flaps and some bonkers, Group B-esque fibreglass arch extensions - housing gigantic 315/70 R17 off-road tyres. Passengers are prepped against the elements too, with new equipment including a VHF radio, first aid kit for humans, first aid kit for the truck (aka a toolbox), a work light and, yes, a cappuccino machine - there's even a generator (that could surely power a fridge to keep the almond milk in) and a fire extinguisher should the absolute worst happen.

Despite the modifications, VW maintains that the Amarok's standard abilities stay intact, most pertinently the 45-degree climbing ability and a payload of 1,154kg. Which is a lot of coffee.

The point of all this, of course, is to prove what a tough and dependable pick up the regular Amarok will surely prove if Baltic Britain returns; after all, if it can survive Iceland in January then Immingham during a cold snap will prove no problem. Plus the fact VW dealers can convert Amaroks through partners to whatever your business requires, be that tree surgery, catering or Arctic exploration. Wonder how it might cope with the travails of being a PistonHeads Sunday Service wagon? The coffee machine goes in first, of course.





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Nerdherder

Original Poster:

1,718 posts

55 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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The picture of the cappuccino machine is missing in the article. No need for this kind of vehicle over here, but it reminds me that a trip to Iceland is still on the list.

Monkeylegend

19,713 posts

189 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Reminds me of Status Quo.

biggrim

83 posts

133 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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25mm lift kit? An inch? Is that right? Hardly worth bothering. Unless I’m missing something.

MrSimmoUK

8 posts

63 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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"25mm lift kit? An inch? Is that right? Hardly worth bothering. Unless I’m missing something. "

Must be one for the ladies, they do say an extra inch goes a long way...

_Leg_

2,472 posts

169 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Nerdherder said:
The picture of the cappuccino machine is missing in the article. No need for this kind of vehicle over here, but it reminds me that a trip to Iceland is still on the list.
Did it. We hired a guide, a truck and booked hotels. When we arrived the guide looked at me and my mate and said, 'you don't look like tourist kind of guys, you want to rough it?' We said yes, he made a few calls and we slept in huts all week and barely saw civilisation. Didn't stay in any of the hotels we booked except for the last night before our flight home. Awesome trip. Video here....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagijnFQz-8&t=...

Just booked a 7 day hiking trip hiking in Norway this June with the same friend. He isn't into cars so we started to do an adventure trip each year after we sold our business. We did Northern Sweden snowmobiling and camping for a week in February (fkin cold) and canoed the Spey in Scotland for a week wild camping (do Yorkshiremen st in the woods?).

I persuaded him to buy a Boxster 981 GTS and come on a road trip to Europe. He went home half way through as he couldn't stand the speed on the mountain passes. I may well follow suit with this Norway trip as I don't do heights well and one of the days goes to Trolls Tongue and another day sees us at Kjeragbolt. F*ck, that.


NITO

881 posts

164 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Get to it VW; a price on a limited edition AT35 please on the latest 272hp version truck please!

Boosted LS1

19,386 posts

218 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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MrSimmoUK said:
"25mm lift kit? An inch? Is that right? Hardly worth bothering. Unless I’m missing something. "

Must be one for the ladies, they do say an extra inch goes a long way...
Especially when it's mine.

CS Garth

2,457 posts

63 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Boosted LS1 said:
MrSimmoUK said:
"25mm lift kit? An inch? Is that right? Hardly worth bothering. Unless I’m missing something. "

Must be one for the ladies, they do say an extra inch goes a long way...
Especially when it's mine.
When you refer to your erection as a 25mm lift kit you’re getting a bit Walt

b14

666 posts

146 months

Wednesday 16th January 2019
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_Leg_ said:
Did it. We hired a guide, a truck and booked hotels. When we arrived the guide looked at me and my mate and said, 'you don't look like tourist kind of guys, you want to rough it?' We said yes, he made a few calls and we slept in huts all week and barely saw civilisation. Didn't stay in any of the hotels we booked except for the last night before our flight home.
https://youtu.be/2Z8pgV74_Hw

jakeb

190 posts

152 months

Wednesday 16th January 2019
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Looking into dumping the leaf springs and putting full air suspension on the back of mine. You can get it fitted by the factory

https://www.vbairsuspension.co.uk/en/news/2366/mee...


blearyeyedboy

5,091 posts

137 months

Wednesday 16th January 2019
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MattBird said:
there's even a generator (that could surely power a fridge to keep the almond milk in)
Matt, why would you need to power a fridge? The fridge is otherwise referred to as "the environment outside of the truck." wink

Paddy78

200 posts

104 months

Thursday 17th January 2019
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_Leg_ said:
Did it. We hired a guide, a truck and booked hotels. When we arrived the guide looked at me and my mate and said, 'you don't look like tourist kind of guys, you want to rough it?' We said yes, he made a few calls and we slept in huts all week and barely saw civilisation. Didn't stay in any of the hotels we booked except for the last night before our flight home. Awesome trip. Video here....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagijnFQz-8&t=...

Just booked a 7 day hiking trip hiking in Norway this June with the same friend. He isn't into cars so we started to do an adventure trip each year after we sold our business. We did Northern Sweden snowmobiling and camping for a week in February (fkin cold) and canoed the Spey in Scotland for a week wild camping (do Yorkshiremen st in the woods?).

I persuaded him to buy a Boxster 981 GTS and come on a road trip to Europe. He went home half way through as he couldn't stand the speed on the mountain passes. I may well follow suit with this Norway trip as I don't do heights well and one of the days goes to Trolls Tongue and another day sees us at Kjeragbolt. F*ck, that.

Sounds and looks amazing. I'd apparently already watched your video... I'm still trying to convince my wife to do something similar, but there will be no huts involved! smile

Pericoloso

43,823 posts

121 months

Thursday 17th January 2019
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_Leg_ said:
Just booked a 7 day hiking trip hiking in Norway this June with the same friend. ]
Take an insect net for your head the local bugs will bite ,repellent is useless.

Further north you go ,worse it gets.