66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 100

L A K E M O U N TA I N , V I C TO R I A , AU S T R A L I A Above Volkswagen’s mighty V6 Aventura offers dressed-up elegance over brutish style. Top Right Less is more; Volkswagen’s ute interiors offer practicality and comfort, but leave out the coloured stitching and badge overload. Far right Sports bars are standard on this ultimate Amarok. Middle Corners ahead? No worries: the Amarok V6 Aventura’s eight- speed automatic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive help make any road a pleasure. Right The Amarok’s turbo-diesel V6 has previously been found in the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. 98 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 There’s hill climbing and then there’s the hill-climb. And it’s the latter I’m attempting in Volkswagen’s range- topping V6 Aventura. Wait a minute; a hill-climb in a ute? Oh yes. In winter the road I’m on – up to a place called, somewhat confusingly, Lake Mountain – climbs through the altitude towards a popular ski resort. In summer, it’s a road upon which car clubs congregate for high-speed uphill antics. Volkswagen is keen to show off the prowess of the top- flight Amarok with a touch of the latter. Well, winter is so far away after all. The road to Lake Mountain’s summit features 69 corners condensed into a 9km spread; the top couple of kilometers or so open out into fast, flowing straights, but for the most part this is second- and third-gear stuff all the way up. Amazingly, the Amarok – an unladen ladder-chassis ute remember, boasting nothing more high-tech than heavy-duty leaf springs at the rear axle – is a fantastic thing to pilot up such a piece of tarmac. The eight-speed automatic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive help. There’s a nice linear feel to the way the power comes back on tap as you brake and then steer through the corner; powering out again, the Amarok doesn’t leave you in a hole waiting for the torque to catch up with what’s going on. You never quite shake the feeling of sitting on top of the vehicle mass,