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 travel 0–100 km/h in 4.6 to 5 seconds.
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 makes its debut at the Interlaken Trucker & Country Festival in Switzerland between 27 and 29 June.
Prepared for the future
Designer Jan Richter from Svempas says, “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.”
A treat for the fans
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 tail. It associates with the even mightier Scania Griffin.
The Chimera on tour
Following 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, 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. 1,460 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 kilo, mainly thanks to the tubular stainless steel frame. Chassis with independent A-link front suspension, dual shock absorbers per side.