The Amarok Indian-language-Inuit means «the wolf»
A call from the Agency: «Want to participate in testing new cars?»
The unexpected proposal: so often the journalists who write about hunting, receive invitations to a test drive.
— Of course, I want!
— Wait for more information.
All becomes clear two days later from the letter: Volkswagen… new pickup Amarok… for the first time in Russia, a test drive in conditions hunting Southern Ural mountains, on driven hunt moose… the number of invitees is limited… Wow! Immediately contact together and Inuit the name of the pickup Amarok that means «wolf» and the end of the hunt — elk. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a better production for the wolf pack than the giant of the forest. After reading the letter again, I I imagined a pack of tireless predators, chasing prey by snowy woods above the horizon.
Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
About such thoughts I be in the plane in Chelyabinsk. A short flight — and now the airport of a familiar city, crowds of taxi drivers and… anyone with plate «Volkswagen Amarok», «Hunting and Fishing twenty-first century». Only about room for issuing of weapons to my neighbor the plane pleases me a question:
«You, probably, too on hunting?» An affirmative answer, the acquaintance on the go and we are already moving to the minibus waiting for us.
Local time — at around midnight, but and hotel three parked on the Parking lot Amarok, and the city already asleep.
Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
The following morning begins in 5 hours. Familiarity with the organizers of the event, short instruction, and — in path. Two of our cars and look in proportion easy to 18-inch wheels, while their grey «wolf»the twin sports a 16 inch high profile tires on steel rims and because slightly like pregnant Hippo. Full-size pickup looks and so massive, powerfully and, I would say, American-style, so regular wheels on 16-inch tires visually even more than you land it, making it absolutely brutal.
Road tires on the muddy soil — a recipe for fans of drifting. Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
Movement morning city stops at the traffic lights allows fully appreciate the playfulness Biturbo two-liter 163 HP diesel engine. I not feel no failures or the lack of traction. Diesel quickly accelerates the two-ton car deserted city streets. Quietly we go out of Chelyabinsk, and now the headlights stretch the suburbs. Leading car accelerates, and the arrow of the pointer speed easily rests on the mark of 140 km/h. The car behaves well on the road, in galore holding that pit, gauge, wave. It’s nice that the rear leaf suspension is absolutely not affects the movement of the truck. Our total «Moscow weight» barely more than a quarter ton, but Amarok confidently draws a trajectory or never rearranging the tailgate on road bumps. The first impression from the car — I not I feel that we’re going to the pick-up. Judging by the behavior of the driver and reactions on machines his actions as we move into the space big comfortable car with excellent handling and great suspension.
It’s very simple — a good specialist is always on top. Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
The onboard computer shows a consumption of diesel for just over 10 litres 100 kilometers. Not bad at all! Great in this the merit of six-speed manual gearbox. When driving on direct on constant speed sixth gear gives considerable savings of fuel.
The throw from Chelyabinsk to one of the hunting grounds of the neighboring Kurgan region takes about three hours. We’re asphalt compacted to the strength of concrete primer. A couple of kilometers on the edge of the field to cosy hunting lodges, hidden in birch Kolka. Breakfast briefing safety, and — on hunting. Around the field, interspersed by small areas of birch forest. Soil — solid black. Sneaks up on the idea that the rain the ground we ride, just hold on, but, thank God, dry and even the sun shines through.
Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
The first day is dedicated to hunting elk, so we climb on the boundary of a huge forest. We continue on the pickups, the owner of the household and huntsman — on UAZ. Our group looks the parties, frankly, weird. The rate of movement and the condition of the roads, we have to go, obviously not tally with the appearance of German cars, but leading the crew the radio asks to keep up with. We’re a little behind schedule, and have to play time at the expense of speed. The shoot Manager in charge, and pickups with hunters roll in side, Oise with the beaters continue to move. Short briefing on radio, and we’re right with cars are placed on rooms. Our riding takes place in the style is light off-road, and machines behave fine. We can easily perepolzet through holes and gullies on back of the drive, not even thinking about the necessity of connection of the front. Landed me on the room, my colleagues pass about 200 meters and put the car in woods, too, are on the room. On the radio give the command to start the pen, all freeze in waiting for release the beast.
Leather interior pickup truck for comfort is not inferior to passenger car family class. Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
The place chosen for the pen are great. We stand along the opening. Before us young plantings of birch with inclusions of aspen and pine trees, the tops of which almost all bobbed moose. Senior hunting the briefing outlined the objective: a trophy elk horns not less than five Sukov. Females shoot is strictly prohibited.
Twenty minutes later, the fold ends. Cars drive up, one of the shooters said that the pens were three moose cows with two calves and safely moved in the next quarter of the forest. Quick landing. On on the go the radio instructs us about the next paddock, and 15 minutes later, we once again are placed in numbers. Again the paddock some females, and the old bull goes through the beaters. Smart! Therefore grew big.
Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
Another General collection, quick transfer to another place and new corral. In the pace we continue to hunt to five hours, but luck is clearly on the side of the beast. On we leave the moose, deer, and elk no. The day ends time taking a pickup truck on the open air. The photographer, seeing the beautiful, sandy hillock, overgrown with pine forest, recalls that he came here not to hunt, and to remove the machine.
Very interesting are the rise and descents with mountains in mode of low transmission! The driver just includes the first gear, removes his foot from pedals, and automation itself pulls the truck up on 30-degree rise. On the next day we successfully use this technique, overcoming the lack of roads, ditches and other obstacles.
At night it rains, which promises fans of the drive by slick roads an extra fan. To morning all the roads turn into shiny, covered with greasy, slippery film of the road.
Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
The second day is devoted to hunting the ROE deer. We have to hunt for field margins and forest edges. All day we sent all the paddocks in the rain, we’re definitely lucky, and by the end of the day our account five trophies. Viscous and slippery soil in this day brings about changes in control of machines. Traffic on the rear wheel drive — this excessive adrenaline, so I full drive, sometimes even trying the mode a low gear. Road tires on our Volkswagen Amarok this morning turned into slippery remnant, but the car feels the slightest movement of the wheel, and the attempt to go in drift was corrected by gas discharge with the turning of the steering wheel. In such conditions do not sin to fool around driving a German «rogue». Extreme the muddy soil is not brings surprises. On all of our unreasonable actions behind the wheel — abrupt maneuvers, acceleration, deceleration in Paul, permutations, and pendulum other madness — the car meets the clear reactions of the car.
Wide body can accommodate either a Quad bike or snowmobile, or a rubber boat with a motor and a bunch of gear, and tilted the Board — great table for snacking. Photo: Yevgeny Samarin
Return to Chelyabinsk we are planning tonight. In rain and darkness three «wolf» go to return path. Water is everywhere: it flows from the top, splashing under the wheels in giant puddles, not I want to fly speed under a hundred. But here well show and ABS, and traction control system, and the system of maintaining exchange rate stability.
However, over 50 kilometers to the purpose of the rain is replaced by snow, and to the date of entry into the city, the road already less than 10 inches of snow. Movement the city under such conditions is akin to skating on skates. It here, we spend «debriefing» hapless motorists. Well the new product from Volkswagen even unexpected snow able to provide decent resistance. This is the case when one machine perfectly copes and with the function of delivering people to off-road, and with the off-road.
In conclusion I want to say that the pickup is perfectly suited to philosophy of life active urban man. Whether you are on hunting or fishing, vacation sea or friends mountain, are you ready for any call of fate, when control pickup Amarok. It is just as important and the fact that the owner saves several hundred thousand rubles compared with the owner of the full-size jeep. I these machines have a great future in our country, and Volkswagen Amarok no doubt will make a serious competition to recognized hits from Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ford. To unfortunately, the customs policy of the state not allows you to make the pickups truly a people’s car: well, what villager will be able to buy a miracle for a million and more rubles! And after all, the main reserve of the market of pickups in us, as in the US, lies outside of major cities. I want to believe that someday we all will live better and pickup the proud name of Amarok will be a General favorite. After all, it really is Das Auto.
Alexander Lisitzin November 2011 at 00:00