I received this press release around an hour ago and I’ve only got around to sharing it with you now because I’ve stopped being all dreamy-eyed over the photos of this magnificent truck. I mean, just look at it!
This one-off Volkswagen Amarok has been designed exclusively for life in the Arctic Circle with a raised ride height, huge all-terrain tyres – and a cappuccino maker.
This unique pick-up, modified by off-road specialists, Arctic Trucks, in partnership with local Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealer, Hekla, is currently being put to work in Iceland as a support vehicle for winter driving experiences, leading customers out onto the snow and ice.
The Volkswagen Amarok AT35 features a raft of updates to take the standard Amarok to the next level including a 25 mm front and rear suspension lift. New flared fibre-glass wheel-arches have been trimmed to accommodate the larger wheels and the 315/70R17 all terrain tyres – plus larger mud flaps front and back have been added.
Inside, the Amarok has been given an expedition makeover with a fire extinguisher, portable generator – and even a cappuccino machine. A VHF radio, toolbox, jack, first aid kit with defibrillator and work light are also included in the Arctic Trucks conversion.
Under the bonnet is the standard Amarok’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 224 PS to ensure there’s plenty of power to get through any snow drifts. The AT35 also retains the standard Amarok’s 45-degree climbing ability, a payload of 1,154kg, Hill Descent Assist and the widest load platform in its class.
Sadly, after a quick chat to VW’s press dept, they did confirm that it definitely is a ‘one-off’ even though they admitted to being inundated with enquiries.
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