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VW and Rheinmetall unveil army-bound Amarok M pickup

The Amarok M was developed specifically for the Germany army.

Volkswagen and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles have teamed up to develop the new Amarok M. The M stands for militär, which literally translates to military in German and indicates that the truck was designed specifically for the German army.

Starting with either a single- or a double-cab Volkswagen Amarok pickup, Rheinmetall has raised the truck's ground clearance, mounted heavy-duty tires and reinforced the entire suspension.

The Amarok's interior has also undergone several battlefield-approved modifications like the addition of rifle racks and hidden storage bins.

From that point on, what shape the Amarok M takes heavily depends on what kind of work it is needed for. The truck can be ordered as a communications vehicle, as a patrol vehicle, as a special operations vehicle equipped with an automatic grenade launcher and so on.

Precise technical details were not released but Rheinmetall says that the Amarok M is available with either a gas or a turbodiesel engine, as well as either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

Power is sent to all four wheels regardless of what drivetrain configuration is ordered.

When equipped with the most powerful drivetrain, the Amarok M can tow up to 6,100 pounds with a NATO-spec tow bar and it has a top speed of 111 miles per hour.

The Volkwagen Amarok M is scheduled to greet the public for the first time at the Eurosatory International Exhibition that is taking place right now in Paris, France.