The new VW Amarok has been put straight to the test by pulling down a 67m high steel chimney weighing in at approximately 140 tonnes and standing nearly the same height as Westminster Abbey!

Four 200m lengths of rope were rigged to the top of the chimney and attached to the towbars of four standard Amarok pick-ups, each with Volkswagen’s latest four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 163 PS of power. The signal was given and the Amarok pick-ups simultaneously, and impressively, pulled the chimney crashing to the ground as part of a planned site demolition project in Reading, Berkshire.

The VW Amarok takes its name from the Inuit word for ‘wolf’, which Volkswagen says perfectly represents the vehicle as “a figure of robustness, endurance and superiority.”

Simon Elliott, Director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: ‘The new Amarok is packed with power and intelligence, and we wanted to achieve something extraordinary to demonstrate this for its launch.  Working with the right experts and taking a scientific approach, by demolishing a 67 metre steel chimney we’ve shown the maximum strength and power of the Amarok.’

The Amarok, which is offered in three trim levels as a four-door doublecab, will be officially launched and in showrooms from 9th May.

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