Blazing a trail with the Volkswagen Amarok

Two of my favourite characters in The Fast Show were the Offroaders. Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse played Simon and Lyndsay. A pair of outdoor enthusiasts who proudly bragged about the ability of ‘The Beast’.

Their confidence, however, was misplaced. It let them down time after time by failing to handle the meekest of ground with hilarious consequences.

Now I don’t know much about motoring, but I think I’ve found something that could have spared their blushes. The Volkswagen Amarok looks every inch the vehicle our hapless heroes should have chosen.

Said to be just as at home off the road as it is on, it looks the real deal. As well as looking the part, it can tackle some of the toughest terrains with ease as the video below proves.

The Amarok Trailblazer Challenge sees two teams complete a series of tasks in the Lake District. This, of course, presents some of Britain’s most beautiful but unforgiving landscapes.

This made it the ultimate test. Both for the Volkswagen Amarok and the drivers. They need to negotiate rocky roads, stretches of deep water and plenty of mud for good measure.

I particularly like the second challenge. The teams have to create a VW logo on a large, sandy beach. I think their finished efforts are excellent and this shows that the Amarok boasts precision as well as power.

While there are nervous laughs along the way, the Volkswagen Amarok seems to have no problem getting past each and every obstacle. It would appear that ‘Trailblazer’ is an entirely accurate name for the challenge. It’s clear to see that the teams enjoyed driving it too.

A VW Amarok creating a VW logo on a large sandy beach.

With specs including an engine that can reach over 62mph in just eight seconds, it’s easy to see why it’s so powerful. It also has a greater fuel efficiency than earlier models as well as an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Driver comfort was clearly an important consideration too. The cockpit is nice and spacious and includes seats that can be adjusted 14 ways. It’s not just the seating area that is capacious either. The cargo box can accommodate loads of over 2.5 square metres.

Simon and Lyndsay really ought to have invested in one of these. True, the sketches wouldn’t have been half as funny but they would have achieved their original aim of impressing the Association of Offroaders in a Volkswagen Amarok.

Let’s offroad!

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

1 Comment
  • Rob Chrystie
    April 13, 2017

    Now that’s a ‘Beast of a Man Truck!’

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