For­ever Am­ber

Cop this ex­treme cus­tom ma­chine

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - BIG WHEELS -

THE pimped-out Black Am­ber cus­tom truck is coming to Aus­tralia.

Sca­nia Aus­tralia has or­dered two of the highly mod­i­fied spe­cial edi­tion trucks pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sca­nia part­ners Svempa.

It plans to use one of the Black Am­ber rigs as an at­ten­tion grab­ber on its stand at the Bris­bane truck show in May.

The show truck will be a V8 R 730 Black Am­ber, pack­ing a 544kW (730hp) en­gine which makes it the sec­ond most pow­er­ful road truck in the world be­hind Volvo’s 560kW (750hp) FH.

The sec­ond Black Am­ber truck or­dered will also be fit­ted with a V8 en­gine, but this one is tuned for a stillde­cent 456kW (620hp).

While the pic­tured Black Am­ber truck is a 6x2, both Aus­tralian trucks will be 6x4s with the cav­ernous High­line cab.

The Black Am­ber trucks are in­stantly vis­i­ble as ex­treme cus­tom machines, with a dark brown me­tal­lic paint scheme that also features grey flames, with or­ange out­lines, shoot­ing out from the air in­takes and the ex­haust.

The al­loy wheels are a mix­ture of a matt black cen­tre, chrome outer and an or­ange stripe.

Svempa added more stain­less steel for the ex­haust out­let sur­round and steps, while gleam­ing checker plate is used for the flat-top sec­tion sur­round­ing the tow­ing turntable.

Black leather seats, car­bon black trim sec­tions and or­ange V8 graph­ics raise the tone of the in­te­rior along with a signed and num­bered wall panel.

Sca­nia de­sign chief Kristofer Hansen says he is happy at least two Aus­tralians will be able to own a Black Am­ber truck.

‘‘Whether from the out­side or in­side, there is no doubt­ing the spe­cial care and at­ten­tion that has gone into this lim­ited se­ries of trucks,’’ he says.

James Stan­ford

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