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  • Feb 4, 2014
Volkswagen Group is taking its role as the official vehicle partner of the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia, very seriously. It is supplying over 3,000 Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and commercial vehicles to the games, but the Polar Expedition Amarok, which it built a year ago to promote the event in Russia's most remote regions, is definitely the most exciting of them.

Three trucks were built to take nine people on an expedition from Moscow some 9,942 miles eastward by road to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Kamchatka peninsula, and it earned the team a Guinness World Record for the longest off-road journey through a single country. The 66-day odyssey was the first to reach Kamchatka from Moscow by driving over the glacier-covered Sredinny Range.

The specially built Amaroks received a host of upgrades to take on the cold and complete lack of roads. The team replaced the front and rear suspension with long-travel, heavy-duty shocks and massive knobby tires to ensure traction in deep snow and ice. The body was kept stock other than cutting out the fenders to fit the wheels and tires. ‚ÄčThe 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine remained mostly untouched because the goal was reliability, not speed. For added safety, the interior was fitted with a roll cage, and the trucks had extra navigation equipment to make sure the team didn't get lost.

While it's not anywhere as cool as the Amarok Polar Expedition truck, Volkswagen is also offering an Amarok Sochi Special Edition (above right) in Russia with additional exterior chrome trim, 18-inch wheels, navigation and an updated interior. If Mercedes-Benz can figure out a way to sell the G63 AMG 6X6, then VW needs to find a way to sell a real version of the Amarok Polar Expedition truck to customers.


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      Vwfanatic
      • 10 Months Ago
      If only VWoA has the wisdom to market the Amorak here in the USA. Heck, they can even build it in Pueblo Mexico and sell the heck out of them! Come on VWoA show some marketing courage for a change!!!!
        Andy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        I agree but you need to tell them and not just us.
      Pat
      • 10 Months Ago
      Will the Russians model come with an integrated dash cam?
      Jerry
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think the RV with the tank treads is cooler!
      Irvin
      • 10 Months Ago
      I love this small truck by VW. Now when will this truck arrive in the US, if ever?
      Jeeps
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's just like the Toyota Hilux that Top gear used to go to the North Pole
      SpiritOf72
      • 10 Months Ago
      Quite afew pics show it being TOWED !
      Geogeek
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd drive that truck in a heartbeat!
        Jay-Zeus
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Geogeek
        ...not in America, perhaps you meant the new C/K1500...woohoo.
      hairy
      • 10 Months Ago
      They couldn't have made it without the support vehicle with tank track wheels. I bet that's the pulling vehicle when one of them got stuck!
      Charles L
      • 10 Months Ago
      9,942 miles eastward by ROAD to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Kamchatka peninsula, and it earned the team a Guinness World Record for the longest OFF-ROAD journey ....seems some one needs to recheck that record for off road
      Ridgie30
      • 10 Months Ago
      SWEET! I'd like the Amarok as at least an option vs my Ridgeline...the diesel option alone would make it high on the list of midsize trucks for me....
      Why now pay later
      • 10 Months Ago
      Too bad you can not get a Amarok in the states due to the 1963 Chicken Tax which adds 25% tax on light trucks. Meanwhile Ford circumvented the tariff via loopholes (ostensibly a company the tax was designed to protect), which imports the Transit Connect light trucks as "passenger vehicles" to the U.S. from Turkey and immediately strips and shreds portions of their rear seats in a warehouse outside Baltimore. The only small Truck that will have a diesel will be the 2015 Chevy Colorado. BTW the Amarok diesel gets 28-30MPG with four wheel drive. Time to get rid of the Chicken Tax as Ford makes a diesel Ranger overseas that gets 28 MPG too but they will not build in the US stating a lack of demand.
      Muttons
      • 10 Months Ago
      The coolest thing is, Russian politicians and Olympic Committee members receive a cut of the sale price of every Sochi Edition Amorok sold!
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