The Volkswagen Amarok is a formidable pickup, but Rheinmetall Defense has decided to make the model a little more macho by slapping a machine gun onto it.

The Volkswagen Amarok is a formidable pickup, so Rheinmetall Defense decided to use it as the basis for their new military vehicle.

Recently unveiled at the Eurosatory Defense and Security exhibition, the Amarok M was designed to provide militaries with a versatile pickup that can handle a "wide range of missions."

As such, the Light Multi-Purpose Vehicle (LMPV) features all-wheel drive and an "off-road anti-blocking system." It can also be equipped with a reinforced chassis, advanced communications equipment and an electrically-powered ring-mount for a medium or heavy machine gun / automatic grenade launcher.

A variety of petrol and diesel engines are available with outputs ranging from 122 PS (90 kW / 121 hp) to 180 PS (132 kW / 177 hp). They can be connected to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.


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