More power from your Amarok is definitely not “Impossible”
Amarok owners can ready themselves for more than 20% extra power, thanks to the new “E-Mission Impossible” performance enhancing package from the specialists at Steve’s Auto Clinic.
Introduced in 2011, the Volkswagen Amarok has proven itself capable and reliable and in biturbo-spec, the 2 litre turbo-diesel engine delivers a very impressive 132 kW. The team at Steve’s Auto Clinic has proven that there is even more power available from the engine and that this power can be tapped safely and reliably.
The “Impossible” mission – mapping more power
The new E-Mission Impossible kit, with a name that is a hat tip to Volkswagen’s recent emission challenges abroad, is introduced after many months of engine testing and analysis. It builds on Steve’s Auto Clinic’s experience in upgrading the engine performance for all the popular South African bakkies and on its advances in programming several different performance maps onto one chip.
By controlling multiple inputs and engine components in real time, SAC can free up any latent power in the engine, without damaging reliability. In this case it has freed up 28% more kilowatt and 22% more torque from this biturbo engine. This means, in its most powerful mode, the Amarok BiTDI kicks out 170 kW, up from 132 kW in standard form. Torque sees a similar jump from an already-impressive 420 Nm to 515 Nm.
Each upgrade will of course be done by a specialist at any of the SAC branches and the performance engineer will make sure that the installation is done correctly and that the power delivery is matched to the engine condition and age, to ensure that the engine continues to give many years of good service.
“People use their bakkies in different circumstances and for different reasons, so we decided to programme several different maps that allow the driver to select different power delivery options based on his need,” says Stephen Fischer, founder of the SAC Group.
The maps include a security option, which renders the engine completely powerless. When selecting this mode, the driver can remove the in-cabin map selector and anyone trying to steal the vehicle will be incapable of driving off.
Other maps include a 4×4 and Caravan mode, which gives the Amarok maximum low-down torque for towing or technical off road work. There is also a fuel consumption option, which remaps the engine power to deliver the best possible fuel consumption. Driving tests in this mode show an improvement of at least 15% in fuel consumption over the BiTDI’s already impressive 7.9 litre per 100 km combined fuel consumption in standard mode.
Two extra maps are available on the “E-Mission Impossible” power upgrade. The one map preserves the standard specifications of the production model, while the Max Power and Throttle Boost setting unleashes all extra power from the Amarok’s engine for the most rewarding driving experience.
The E-Mission Impossible upgrade utilises the Dastek Power wiring harness, which means that the Unichip is plugged into the vehicle’s wiring system and can be unplugged at any time, such as when the vehicle is booked for a scheduled warranty service.
All round improvement
The E-Mission Impossible performance upgrade is set to become a very popular upgrade for 132 kW Amarok owners. Says Stephen: “The Amarok has a loyal following base and its engine has proven itself over the past four years. Many owners have knocked on our door for extra power or application specific power, such as more torque for off road driving. With this in mind we developed the five setting ‘E-Mission Impossible” upgrade, which will give Amarok-owners the extra power that they were looking for.”