Volkswagen has released Australian pricing and specifications of its factory-endorsed, long-wheelbase Amarok XL and XXL conversions, with prices starting from $10,595 RRP for an XL cab-chassis upgrade.
This comes on top of the initial purchase price of an Amarok, with prices starting from $44,590 (before on-road costs) for a dual-cab TDI400 with a six-speed manual gearbox. The cheapest V6 Amarok, also with a six-speed manual gearbox, is $49,590 before on-road costs.
The work is done by South Australian-based Adaptive Manufacturing, using a conversion engineered originally by Veth Automotive in the Netherlands. Along with new Amarok purchases, the conversion is also available to existing Amarok owners.
And, as a factory-endorsed project, the conversion retains Volkswagen's full five-year warranty.
The conversion is available as either a cab-chassis or with a styleside tub. Opting for the latter adds in a significant increase in cost, because the original tub is modified to suit the exisiting length.
Because the Amarok only comes in dual-cab format, longer extra-cab and single-cab tubs from the range can't be used.
Where a Cab-Chassis XL conversion costs $10,595, adding in a tub sees the conversion cost balloon out to $18,995.
The extra-long XXL conversion costs $13,595 for the cab-chassis, or $21,995 for the tub.
The Amarok XL gives you 310mm of additional wheelbase, growing from 3095mm to 3405mm. When you include the styleside tub, overall length grows from 5254 mm to 5564 mm.
The Amarok XXL ups the ante with 650mm of additional wheelbase, growing to 3745 mm and 5904 mm of overall length.
For comparison's sake, a Ram 1500 measures in at 5817mm, while an even-bigger Chevrolet Silverado 2500 has 6085mm of overall length.
When fitted with a tub, the available load length grows from 1555 mm to 1865 mm (XL) and 2205 mm (XXL).
To facilitate the extended wheelbase, the chassis gets chopped just before the rear spring hangers, with elements like propshafts, electrics and brake lines extended to suit. Volkswagen also recalibrate the Amarok's electronic stability control to suit the increase in length and weight.
Chassis electronics can also be adjusted to suit the many different suspension setups that owners are fitting to their Amaroks, with a choice of low, medium or high ride heights.
Although an Amarok XL and XXL will carry a higher kerb weight, the conversion does not include increased payloads or gross combined mass limits.