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Spirit of Amarok New Zealand 2020


It’s the ultimate test drive and ultimate 4x4 off-road experience, and now Kiwis have the chance to test themselves against the best in the world.

Volkswagen New Zealand’s Spirit of Amarok is all about going hard and winning big. 

For the first time New Zealander’s will have the opportunity to prove their off-road driving skills in a series of gruelling four wheel drive speed tests plus terrain and technical challenges, with the winning team going on to represent New Zealand in the Spirit of Amarok world championships in South Africa later this year.


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles General Manager, Kevin Richards, says it’s a challenge that will test the skills of even the most seasoned 4x4 competitor.


“We’re thrilled to be hosting Spirit of Amarok New Zealand for the first time, and being part of Spirit of Amarok International – a worldwide event bringing together the very best in Volkswagen Amarok off-road drivers from more than 10 countries.


“First we have to find our Spirit of Amarok New Zealand champion, and that takes place in a series of qualifying events at Muriwai, Auckland in May. So if you think you’re up to the challenge, get in touch with your local Volkswagen dealer where ever you are around the country now,” says Richards.


The extreme 4x4 off road challenge is judged on accuracy and speed and will offer Kiwis the opportunity to choose a mate and get behind the wheel of the Amarok V6. With 580Nm of torque and permanent 4-wheel drive, the Amarok is the perfect partner for your team to take on the challenge. 


The rally stage sees competitors race it out in the most demanding speed challenge. Then, drivers' precision and control will be pushed to the limits through the technical stage, where teams should expect the unexpected. Finally, the regularity stage throws our competitors a mix of both speed and technical ability that's sure to get their hearts racing - and their engines.


For more information about Spirit of Amarok New Zealand and how you can be part of it, visit your local Volkswagen dealer or go to



About Spirit of Amarok International


Spirit of Amarok started out as the Spirit of Africa in 2004, founded by African rally legend, Sarel van der Merwe – or ‘Supervan’ as he’s known. The event is all about adrenaline, thrill and speed while experiencing South Africa’s great outdoors. 


In 2015 Spirit of Africa became an annual event and known as Spirit of Amarok, with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles becoming the official partner.


It is an exciting, absorbing experience that includes intense off-road driving, camping under African skies, and enjoying traditional South African food and hospitality.


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