Our long-term test Volkswagen Amarok V6 has been roped into some unusual activities lately. One of them was lugging a full load of topsoil to my house in preparation for onset of Gauteng’s rainy season. Unusual, in that we’d become so accustomed to using this executive double cab as a regular car that we’d almost forgotten it’s a workhorse. That loadbox, usually reserved for a bicycle or the monthly shopping under its tarpaulin, was for the first time roped in for some heavy duty lugging by being filled with 1.2m3 of soil. With its outputs of 165kW and 550Nm the 3l turbodiesel Amarok has earned its stripes as the most powerful double cab you can currently buy in SA. In its standing-start and overtaking acceleration it comfortably outguns every other bakkie and one could consider it the "Porsche" of pick-ups; in fact this engine was shared with a number of Porsche models. Until the V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class comes along with its 190kW/550Nm, the Amarok is the punchiest d...

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