Amarokking all over the world


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 15 Jan 2019

    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 15 Jan 2019

    Reminds me of Status Quo.

  • biggrim 15 Jan 2019

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

  • MrSimmoUK 15 Jan 2019

    "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_ 15 Jan 2019

    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.


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