Walkinshaw-tuned VW Amarok W580 Revealed

Amarok W580

After more than 12-months of secrecy, Volkswagen has revealed the fruits of its collaboration with Walkinshaw. Meet the Amarok W580.

The Volkswagen Amarok W580 will go on-sale both in dealerships and online from 1 December (2020) with pricing and final spec to be revealed then – deliveries will begin in April 2021. VW said, today, that the W580 was the result of 12-months of secret collaboration between it and tuning house Walkinshaw.

Quick to emphasise the W580 is more than a sticker pack, VW said the W580 gets a new bumper and grille, a custom twin exhaust complete with side pipes at the rear wheels and a set of bespoke, Walkinshaw-designed rims exclusive to the W580; aptly named ‘Clayton’ (these aren’t the wheels in the photos).

Walkinshaw has left the 200kW/580Nm engine alone but fiddled with the suspension, lifting the front end by 40mm to give the vehicle a “more aggressive overall stance” and the fitment of Pirelli Scorpion rubber.

Ryan Davies, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, said:

“We have always known what a powerhouse we have in the Amarok, but have always felt the range needed a proper GT-spec model. As the originators of the performance ute category, we looked no further than Walkinshaw to achieve this”.

Perhaps even better than the W580 itself, the first 30 buyers who pre-order and purchase online will receive “an all-expenses paid, money-can’t buy, ‘exclusive Walkinshaw experience’, which includes all flights, transfers, meals and accommodation to attend a Walkinshaw factory tour and a Walkinshaw Andretti United track day”.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.