A good couple of months or so after the launch of Volkswagen’s Amarok 2.0 Bi-TDi, the seriously good 2.0 TSI petrol has finally broken cover.
And as with the turbodiesel offerings in the range, the TSI has a six-speed manual transmission with an eight-speed auto planned for the end of 2012.
The quad-valve, four-cylinder TSI uses variable valve timing and a variable vane geometry turbo to produce 118 kW from 3800 to 5500 rpm, while its peak torque of 300Nm is on call from 1600 to 3750 rpm as stated by the manufacturer when measured at the flywheel.
But on our dyno at the SAC Research & Development Centre we have seen somewhat bigger numbers than this straight off the bat for a bog standard TSI claims, so we correctly guessed that the road tested numbers would be heading towards much stronger 4.0 litre V6 territory.
Volkswagen claims its petrol double cab accelerates to 100km/h in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h with the fuel consumption given as 9.6 litres / 100 km.
At Gerotek we came close by recording 10.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 176.97 km/h.
Numbers that are also a whole better than what we achieved with a standard 2.0 Bi-TDi.
So although this TSI is by no means slow, we have a number of years of experience when it comes to developing and making Golf GTIs go faster and better, and we are going to apply these principles to VW’s Amarok Double Cab 2.0 TSI Petrol Trendline 4×2, as this 2.0 litre turbocharged is the same one found in the Mk6 GTI.
Keep an eye on our website as we start to work on making the TSI go even better and take the fight right to the big 4.0 litre V6s but with good 2.0 litre fuel consumption…
VW Amarok TSI Performance Data
0 – 60 km/h: 4.13 secs 0 – 120 km/h: 15.40 secs
0 – 80 km/h: 7.23 secs 0 – 140 km/h: 22.82 secs
0 – 100 km/h: 10.71 secs
¼ Mile Time: 17.39 secs 1km Time: 32.40 secs
¼ Mile Speed: 126.29 km/h 1km Speed: 156.96 km/h
60-100 km/h (3rd): 6.48 secs 80-120 km/h (4th): 10.76 secs
60-100 km/h (4th): 9.68 secs 80-120 km/h (5th): 16.31 secs
True Top Speed: 176.97 km/h

Bolt on exhausts

Gone are the days that you take your half a million-rand Bakkie to a corner exhaust shop for a cheap free flow exhaust. It’s fair to say that the bolt-on free flow exhausts of today at SAC have been revolutionized and are becoming more and more popular amongst the enthusiasts. It is no longer just a poorly welded and routed exhaust that rattles and knocks over every bump, it is a properly engineered, big bore, mandrill bent stainless steel-low restriction exhaust system.  It is manufactured in such a way to be a bolt-on fitment in a workshop with very little effort to ensure perfection. Seeing the exhaust system in its raw form, packed and laying on a shelf – it is clear to see that this is an export quality product that will be installed on your vehicle, and it will compliment without any doubt – the performance enhancement plug and play kit and or upgraded intercooler system in many ways – most of all the sound and power will be much improved.  The bolt-on exhaust system is routed along the exact same rout under your vehicle and hangs with similar brackets on the standard rubbers.  The heat protection that has been provided by the manufacturer under your vehicle to protect the undercarriage is still effective and useful with the fitment of these bolt-on exhaust systems. So, if you want the ultimate Bakkie performance enhancement package speak to our sales and service advisors about a bolt-on exhaust system. Contact us today for your free quotation.