‘You call that an off-roader?! This is an off-roader!’
When it comes to getting things done, Volkswagon doesn’t half step. What you’re looking at here is the pimped, bigger brother of the VW Amorak pick-up, enhanced and modified to tackle the arctic tundra of Russia. The Polar Expedition version of the Amorak was built to tackle 9,942 miles of off-road conditions from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Bering Sea. The nine man team took over 60 days to complete the epic journey, navigating through deep ice, harsh terrain and mountain passes. Even with the machines capabilities, they still got stuck now and again. At least they won the Guiness World Record for the longest off-road trek within one country!
Built specifically to promote the Sochi Winter Olympics, these special Polar Expedition Amoraks came equipped with some kick ass, off-roading tyres, big boy shocks, heavy duty roll cages and all the GPS and technological trimmings required. Despite the modifications, the Amorak is still the same underneath; the standard 2.0 liter engine remains.
Part of the mission was to bring Olympic fever to the more remote regions of Russia, celebrating the partnership between the games and Volkswagon. There may have been easier way to build the hype but seriously, why take easy when you can take adventure?
Sadly, you’re not going be getting your hands on one of these bad boys; VW are keeping these as special ‘one offs’ but the Amorak is available to buy. Add some tyres. Add some friends. Add some landscape. Minus the crap. Equals an adventure worth having… Try your hand at reading Russian and see what the Sochi Edition Amorak has to offer here: