Only slightly more than a week ago, a beast was lurking through the forests of Russia. Traversing mountainous terrain, its every growl – every movement, even – revealed an insatiable desire to reach its destination. Though it was spawned from German engineering with specific intentions in mind, nobody had any certainty as to just how capable this beast would be. And so there it was, in the midst of a bitter freeze, moving onward with unwavering resolve.
Unfortunately for us, this beast is not for sale, not even the standard version, in the United States. It’s still a great story that represents great innovation and engineering. The souped-up Volkswagen Amarok pick-up broke the Guinness World Record for the longest off-road journey in a single nation. It did this as a marketing technique to promote the 2014 Olympics in more rural areas of Russia. From the nation’s capitol of Moscow to Petropavlosvk-Kamchatsky, the three Amaroks traveled nearly 10,000 miles off-road.
When you look at these vehicles, there’s no doubt that these bear no resemblance to a road-appropriate vehicle. That was the intent, and that design is what inspired the name: Amarok. In the Inuit language, Amarok means “arctic wolf.” Suitable nomenclature for a vehicle perfectly built for hunting through the Russian tundra.
The good people at Volkswagen were well aware of the dangerous Russian winter, so they armed the Amaroks with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, 4Motion all-wheel drive, navigation equipment, additional exterior and interior lighting, additional storage, monstrous off-road tires, heavy-duty shocks, a roll cage, and more. They wanted to spare no expense in accomplishing this feat, proving the superior quality and character of Volkswagen vehicles.
Enjoy this video of their trek:
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