An off-road version of the Volkswagen Amarok – the W580X – is now available, and will be sold alongside the road-biased the W580S which will remain part of the line-up.

  • 2022 Volkswagen Amarok W580X pricing and specifications
  • Off-road version of the Walkinshaw Amarok W580 in Australian showrooms now
  • All-terrain tyres, off-road suspension, LED light bar, diff breathers, rock sliders, underbody protection
  • Priced from $78,890 plus on-road costs, road-biased W580S climbs to $82,990 plus on-road costs

UPDATE, 20 May 2022: The 2022 Volkswagen Amarok W580X is in showrooms now – but it’s priced $1500 higher than the price announced last year, at $78,890 plus on-road costs.

The W580S flagship has also risen $1500 to $82,990 plus on-road costs. Our earlier story from December 2021 continues below unchanged (aside from the new prices).

14 December 2021: The Volkswagen Amarok range is about to be expanded, to send the German car giant’s first-generation ute out on a high note before it is replaced in mid 2023 by the next generation model based on a Ford Ranger.

An off-road version – the W580X – will be sold alongside the road-biased W580S in Australian showrooms from April next year.

Unveiled in concept form – but close to the finished product – the 2022 Volkswagen Amarok W580X has been developed by the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, the former parent company of Holden Special Vehicles, and the same engineering firm behind the Amarok W580S.

As with the on-road focused Volkswagen Amarok W580S released earlier this year, the W580X is shipped from the Volkswagen factory in Argentina before a mix of locally developed and globally available upgrade parts are fitted at Walkinshaw’s assembly facility in Melbourne.

As with the Volkswagen Amarok W580S, the W580X has no extra power from the single-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel (with 190kW/580Nm, it already has the most grunt in its class) because the cost to upgrade the engine this late in the model cycle was deemed prohibitive.

<button class="navigation_glide__arrow__je__h navigation_glide__arrow–left__y3DP1 navigation_glide__arrow–inactive__H6d8_" data-glide-dir="|Previous

Instead, Volkswagen and Walkinshaw focused on upgrading the vehicle’s capability, including off-road suspension (lifted 40mm at the front to deliver a level stance), underbody protection for the transmission and rear differential, rock sliders, an LED light bar, 18-inch forged alloy wheels, off-road tyres, and breathers for the front and rear differentials, gearbox and transfer case (to reduce the risk of ingesting water in creek crossings).

The starting price of the Volkswagen Amarok W580X is $78,890 plus on-road costs, making it the second most expensive model in the Amarok range behind the W580S which has climbed from $79,990 to $82,990 plus on-road costs for the new model year.

The only options are a Seikel snorkel ($1390) and a luxury pack that adds 14-way heated electric sports front seats with Vienna leather (the same seats fitted to the Aventura) and embedded navigation ($4690).

Both W580 models sit above the luxury Volkswagen Amarok Aventura (the new name for the Amarok Ultimate) which is currently priced from $73,990 plus on-road costs.

The basic W580 (which started from $71,990 plus on-road costs) has been deleted and the new line-up will include the W580X and W580S.

While it’s too early to gauge, Volkswagen Australia estimates there will be a 50:50 split in demand between the on-road and off-road W580 editions when both are available alongside each other in showrooms.

While the Volkswagen Amarok W580S has road-biased Pirelli tyres on 20-inch forged alloy rims, the off-road W580X has Pirelli Scorpion rubber on 18-inch forged alloy rims.

<button class="navigation_glide__arrow__je__h navigation_glide__arrow–left__y3DP1 navigation_glide__arrow–inactive__H6d8_" data-glide-dir="|Previous

The W580S continues to come equipped with a sports exhaust, but is not offered on the W580X to allow for more ground clearance. 

Both W580 models gain the same subtle fender flares to accommodate the wider stance provided by the revised offset of the wheels.

Walkinshaw says the LED light bar was tested against popular rival brands and outperformed them in internal testing, though it did not specify which lights it outshone.

The W580X gains blue twin-tube shock absorbers, which are thicker in diameter than standard, and uprated and retuned to suit off-road driving and the 18-inch wheel and tyre combination.

The W580S has black shock absorbers (also twin-tube and larger in diameter compared to the standard Amarok), to avoid confusion on the Walkinshaw assembly line and at Volkswagen spare parts counters.

The rock sliders have been engineered to handle three times the vehicle weight, and are not bolted to the chassis – they are clamped to the chassis for “maximum strength and rigidity, and to avoid compromising the chassis by drilling into it,” says Volkswagen.

<button class="navigation_glide__arrow__je__h navigation_glide__arrow–left__y3DP1 navigation_glide__arrow–inactive__H6d8_" data-glide-dir="|Previous

The Walkinshaw-designed sports grille and fog light garnishes are the same on both vehicles, but the W580X has different decals.

Both models use the same donor vehicle: a specially-prepared Volkswagen Amarok Highline 580 with black roof lining, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, dual zone air-conditioning, and sports seats.

Although the Volkswagen Amarok is the oldest ute among its peers, it has had a new lease on life since receiving the Walkinshaw treatment.

The Amarok has become Volkswagen Australia’s top-selling model this year amid semiconductor shortages across the passenger-car and SUV ranges.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

Read more about Joshua Dowling LinkIcon

Posted by WordPress Guru