THE new VW Amarok is now more capable than ever.

The Dark Label model plays fiddle to the top-specced Extreme in the line-up including the Comfortline and Highline versions. Not only is it powerful, it’s also balanced and stable on the road, thanks to high-tech computer aides.

Under the hood hides the beautiful 3L V6 TDI engine that delivers an 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque.

The Amarok V6 is a Golf on steroids. When you put pedal to the metal, you’re greeted by a surge of power, torque and loads of performance.

On the safety front, this towering beauty of a brute has stepped up. The Amarok Dark Label boasts an automatic post-collision braking system, 17-inch disc brakes at the front and 16-inch disc brakes at the rear as standard. And thanks to the trailer stabilisation system, snaking trailers are a thing of the past.

VW Amarok. Photo by Njabulo NgcoboPhoto by Njabulo Ngcobo

It features an automatic post-collision braking system that triggers braking after a collision to prevent secondary collisions and an electronic stabilisation programme that helps prevent under- or oversteering by targeted braking of individual wheels and an electronic stabilisation programme that helps prevent under- or over steering by targeted braking of individual wheels.