Take a look at the most powerful double-cab bakkies currently available in the South African market!
A flurry of new bakkie products are currently on offer in South Africa and the arrival of vehicles such as the new Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton have broadened the scope of choice available to buyers locally.
If power and torque figures get you revved up and excited, then this bakkie list is for you! Here are the most powerful double-cab bakkies currently on offer in South Africa.
Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI
Introduced along with the facelifted Amarok, the new Amarok V6 is a beast of a bakkie. Only available as a double-cab, the V6 pushes out 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque. There is a further overboost function that lifts power to 180 kW and torque up to 580 Nm making it the most powerful double-cab on the market.
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Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI (2017) First Drive
Volkswagen Amarok (2017) Specs & Pricing
VW Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI: 5 Things We've Learnt
Find a used Amarok for sale here
Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6
The Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 is currently the most powerful petrol-powered double-cab bakkie in South Africa, offering a mighty 175 kW, but with only 376 Nm of torque on offer from its naturally aspirated petrol engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard.
Ford Ranger 3.2 Double Cab / Mazda BT-50
The Ford Ranger’s powerful 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which also does service in the recently updated Mazda BT-50, offers a heady 147 kW and 470 Nm of torque. For both the Ranger and BT-50, this engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
The BT-50 still shares its platform with the Ranger but the new BT-50, due in 2019, will be underpinned by the Isuzu KB.
Also see: Extended Test: Ford Ranger 3.2 4x4 Wildtrak [with Video]
Ford Ranger 3.2 4x4 Wildtrak (2016) Review
Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 Automatic (2016) Review
Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 Automatic (2016) Video Review
The recently launched Nissan Navara offers decent output from its smaller 2.3-litre twin turbodiesel engine with 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque. Buyers have a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission.
Also see: Nissan Navara (2017) First Drive
What People Think of the New Nissan Navara
Nissan Navara (2017) Specs & Pricing
Nissan Navara (2016) International First Drive
The all-new Mitsubishi Triton was also recently introduced locally and it comes fitted with a 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine offering 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque. Buyers can choose from a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Also see: Mitsubishi Triton (2017) First Drive
Mitsubishi Triton (2017) – Meet its Rivals
Mitsubishi Triton (2017) Video Review
Find a new or used Mitsubishi Triton on Cars.co.za
Based on the aforementioned Triton, the new Fiat Fullback was introduced in 2016 and its most powerful derivative is driven by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine offering 131 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Only a 5-speed manual transmission is currently on offer.
Also see: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Fiat Fullback
Fiat Fullback Double-Cab 2.5 Di-D 4x4 LX (2017) Review
Fiat Fullback Bakkie Launches in SA – Specs and Pricing