The Volkswagen Amarok pickup has been forbidden fruit for North Americans since it was unveiled in 2010. The worst part is that while VW continues to deny us the Amarok, it keeps building cooler versions. The latest is the Volkswagen Amarok M developed by truckmaker Man and Rheinmetall, and no, we still can't have it.
The Volkswagen Amarok M ("M" for "military") is designed to provide the German military with a versatile and capable domestic pickup for combat and non-combat duties. A few different configurations are offered including a scout variant, a version with a light bar for use by the military police, and a general utility variant.
Like the civilian variant, the Amarok M is powered by VW's TDI 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4, producing as much as 180 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic and, as expected, the Amarok M features standard four-wheel drive. The Amarok M gets a slight ground clearance bump thanks to a lifted (and reinforced) suspension and 16-inch off-road tires.
No word yet on whether the German military actually plans on purchasing the VW Amarok M, but we still wouldn't count on ever seeing an Amarok of any kind in the U.S.