Take a look at the most powerful double-cab bakkies currently available in the South African market!
Double-cab bakkie buyers in South Africa are spoilt for choice and 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.
Mercedes-Benz X350d V6 4Matic
The V6-powered Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic was recently launched in South Africa and is now the most powerful double-cab bakkie your money can buy, trumping the mighty Volkswagen Amarok V6. It makes use of a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque with power distributed using a permanent 4-wheel drive system (4Matic) using a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. It can be had in 2 trim levels including Power and Progressive.
Customers, however, will be paying a whack of cash to own this powerhouse with the X350d 4Matic Progressive priced from R914 711 while the X350d 4Matic Power is priced from R983 711, before options.
Watch our video review of the X-Class below!
Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI
The 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 a formidable offering in the double-cab bakkie market. Pricing for the Amarok V6 starts at R720 600 while the range-topping Extreme version is priced at R810 100.
It's also worth noting that the Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus is a finalist in the Leisure Double Cab category of the #CarsAwards powered by WesBank.
Watch our video review of the Amarok V6 below!
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. The Hilux V6 is priced from R658 300.
Ford Ranger 3.2 Double Cab / Mazda BT-50
The Ford Ranger’s powerful 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which also does service in 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. Pricing for the Ford Ranger 3.2 double cab starts at R549 900 with the range-topping Wildtrak auto derivative priced at R655 900. The Wildrak automatic is also a finalist in the Leisure Double Cab category of the #CarsAwards powered by WesBank.
Pricing for the Mazda BT-50 3.2 starts at R555 400.
Find a new or used Ford Ranger on Cars.co.za
Find a new or used Mazda BT-50 on Cars.co.za
Also see: Extended Test: Ford Ranger 3.2 4x4 Wildtrak [with Video]
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Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The 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. Pricing for the Navara starts at R484 900.
Find a new or used Nissan Navara on Cars.co.za
The lesser derivatives in the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class range include the 120 kW/403 Nm X220d (from R646 071) and the more powerful X250d (from R699 200) with 140 kW and 450 Nm produced from its turbocharged 2.3-litre engine.
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The Mitsubishi Triton 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. The Triton is priced from R479 995. A facelifted Triton is due to arrive in South Africa in March/April 2019.