Roar­ing fire­bird

This cus­tom truck is aflame with fea­tures, writes James Stan­ford

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

BE­LIEVE it or not, this is an of­fi­cial Sca­nia truck. Nor­mally, you would need to take a rig to an af­ter­mar­ket mob to get such an ex­treme look, but this cool cus­tom truck is fully backed by Sca­nia.

It is called the Black Am­ber and only 100 will be built.

Swedish Sca­nia teamed with styling house Svem­pas to come up with the spe­cial de­sign that is bound to draw ad­mir­ing gazes.

It fol­lows the lim­ited-edi­tion Dark Di­a­mond Sca­nia of 2009 that was so suc­cess­ful Sca­nia de­cided to re­lease an­other spe­cial ver­sion of its V8 R-Se­ries.

The most dis­tinc­tive el­e­ment is

A fairly hefty price tag and a long wait mean they won’t be a com­mon sight on lo­cal roads

the paint scheme, a mix­ture of bronze, black and orange with a bril­liant ef­fect that sim­u­lates flames com­ing from the air in­take at ei­ther side of the grille and the ex­haust pipes.

The stain­less-steel ex­haust pipe tips stand out with a cool al­loy-look heat shield wrap­ping around the pipes that give the Black Am­ber a hot rod feel.

Svem­pas has dressed up the wheels with a matt-black treat­ment, but added some bling with stain­less-wheel nuts and an orange pin­stripe and chrome wheel ring.

The grille is painted stan­dard black, and the mir­rors and door han­dles also get a high-gloss black coat­ing. The prime mover gets a checker-plate rear deck with ex­tra LED lights.

Svem­pas has decked out the Black Am­ber cabin with black and orange leather seats, a cus­tom steer­ing wheel and a num­bered rear wall panel. There is also an im­pres­sive DVD and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem with a pop-up mon­i­tor which can also show footage from the rear-view cam­era with short and long range lens. There is also a 22-inch LCD sys­tem with pow­er­ful speak­ers and an 8-inch sub woofer.

Sca­nia Aus­tralia says the Black Am­ber will be made avail­able to Aus­tralian cus­tomers, though a fairly hefty price tag and a long wait mean they won’t be a com­mon sight on lo­cal roads.

Rare gem: Sca­nia’s lat­est of­fer­ing won’t be seen too of­ten, with only 100 for sale.

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