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Scania’s Chimera roars towards the future

The Chimera is the latest spectacular show truck from famed Swedish custom builder Svempa Bergendahl. A true eye-catcher, the vehicle is packed with power thanks to a reliable Scania V8 engine that initially delivers 1,460 hp and allows it to accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 4.6 to 5 seconds. Plans are in place to boost this to more than 2,000 hp.

The vehicle is Svempa’s fourth show truck and, like its predecessors, it’s expected to generate a legion of followers around the world. The truck made its debut at the Interlaken Trucker & Country Festival in Switzerland between 27 and 29 June.

Designer Jan Richter from Svempas says: “The Chimera fills a gap in our collection, namely a truck with a clearly futuristic outlook. With its beautifully exposed engine and engineered design it takes styling to the extreme. But it is also features state-of-the-art technology, using high-end materials as well as being prepared for future hybrid e-technology.

The team at Svempa started sketching the truck some five years ago. It underwent numerous design alterations ahead of the finished product being ready and raring to go aside from some additional engine adjustments.

“Previously, we’ve had an eye towards a slightly retro appearance but have now gone all-in for a truck that is decidedly contemporary in all aspects,” Richter says. “It also has more of a racing expression with attitude. Yet, we’ve continued to carefully adhere to the signature Scania design language, albeit taking that quite a few steps further.”

Richter has high hopes that the truck will appeal to fans as much as the earlier show trucks, although he suspects the design may take some getting used to. 

“Our fans expect something out of the ordinary and I can proudly say that is precisely what we are providing,” he says.

The vehicle is named after the Chimera, which according to mythology was a monstrous fire-breathing three-headed hybrid of a lion, a drake and goat with a snake as a tail. It associates with the even mightier Scania Griffin.

Following the Chimera’s appearance at Interlaken, it will be exhibited at the Truckstar Festival in Assen, the Netherlands from 26 to 27 July and then at the Elmia Lastbil show in Jönköping, Sweden from 20 to 23 August. 

In Norway, the Chimera will appear 4 to 9 September at TRANPORTmessa, Gardemoen, and 12 to 14 September at Dyrsku’n, Seljord. 

It will also be on display at Le Mans’ 24 Heures Camions, 11 to 12 October. Additional dates may be added.

Scania Chimera specifications

Engine: Scania V8 16.4 L. 1,000 cu. in. 

Output: 1,460 hp to be augmented to 2,190 hp

Stainless steel exhaust header system with 6 holset turbos

Allison modified 6-speed transmission

Coachwork by Laxå Special Vehicles using modified P-cab with R-cab components

Weight: 4,780 kg

Chassis: Tubular stainless steel frame with independent A-link front suspension, dual shock absorbers per side