Volkswagen Amarok unleashes spirit of adventure with new reality show

Comedian and actor Mpho “Popps” Modikoane, tipped to host

17 July 2018

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is partnering with Mzansi Magic this August for an action-packed race that will see eight South Africans battle it out in the new Volkswagen Amarok Extreme, for a chance at bagging a massive R 250 000 grand prize.

Hosted by comedian and actor Mpho “Popps” Modikoane, Spirit of Mzansi will premiere on the 15th of August at 21:30 and will feature two teams of four unlikely companions. The contestants will be thrust into a timed race that will test their driving and endurance skills, as they have to face challenge upon challenge on various SA terrains, while driving the powerful 3.0 V6 Amarok Extreme.

Besides learning to work together as a team, the contestants will have to rely on the Amarok bakkie to get them across the finish line as quickly as possible and in the end, the hopefuls will be dealt with a first-of-its-kind twist!

Over five days, the two teams will be racing to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Every Race Day will consist of two Race Legs along a route that will reveal landscapes and communities most of us have not seen or even heard of. Every evening, teams will vote amongst themselves to eliminate one of their team mates until only one remains.

“The V6 Amarok Extreme is an aspirational bakkie that comfortably bridges the gap between urban city trailblazer and off-road prowess. The Mzansi audience have to traverse all types of terrain in their lifestyle and this is what makes the Amarok a great partner for their adventures. Amarok is the only 100% German-engineered bakkie in the South African market, and only the best is good enough for this exciting new programme. We cannot wait to bring Spirit of Mzansi to audiences around our beautiful country,“ says Mark Handley, Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“South Africa is blessed with some of the most striking routes in Africa, and what better way to showcase our beautiful country and its unique people than in the comfort of the Amarok Extreme? It’s certainly going to be a race of epic proportions!” concludes Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, Reneilwe Sema.

Eight complete strangers. Two teams of four. Two brand new 3.0 V6 VW Amarok Extremes, and one massive grand prize of R250 000 in the craziest road trip ever seen on South African TV. Who will be left standing? Spirit of Mzansi is produced by Beautiful Day Productions. Tune in on the 15th of August at 21:30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) to find out.