Cars are always the superstars at the annual VW fan-fest gathering at Lake Worthersee in Austria, but this year, the automaker's nifty Amarok mid-size pickup truck also gets a moment in the lesser limelight. Receiving that attention is the Volkswagen Amarok R-Style Concept, a tastefully rendered one-off that raises both its curbside appeal and actual performance capabilities.

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Adding new visual snap to its exterior, the Amarok R-Style Concept features more aggressive front/rear fascia treatments with bespoke bumpers, carbon fiber front/rear/side apron elements, a bold rear diffuser with dual integrated exhaust outlets, and full LED lighting. To round out the makeover, the R-Style Concept's body kit also nets custom fender flares that neatly house upsized 22-inch gunmetal-gray alloy wheels wrapped in 295/35 performance tires. Inside, the Amarok R-Style Concept boasts an equally stylish cabin highlighted by a carbon fiber dash and door trim panels, supportive sport buckets rendered in white leather with red trim accents and a custom sport steering wheel.

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While the Amarok R-Style Concept features an 8-speed automatic transmission like its production siblings that are fitted with the optional 2.0-liter/178-horsepower twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine, this design exercise swaps that motivator for a 3.0-liter twin-turbo TDI alternative that makes 197 ponies but offers a heady 443 lb-ft of peak torque compared to the smaller engine's 310 lb-ft total. With that motive force shipped to all four wheels, the Amarok R-Style Concept can sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds.

Although the Amarok is not currently part of VW's North American product portfolio, the automaker is reportedly still pondering the possibility of marketing it here at some point -- if a realistic business case can be made. For the moment, Canada appears to be the most likely landing point for this versatile hauler.


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