Husqvarna Takes The Vitpilen And Svartpilen 401 To The Beauty Parlour For EICMA

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  • Nov 7, 2019
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So yeah, they've been cosmetically enhanced, but there're also some small functional updates. Read on...

  • The Vitpilen and Svartpilen are powered by the same 373cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder motor.
  • The Vitpilen is Husqvarna’s take on a cafe racer while the Svartpilen has scrambler elements.
  • Both bikes would eventually comply with Euro 5/BS6-emission norms.
  • To be launched in India post the BS6 emission deadline of April 2020.

 Swedish bike maker Husqvarna unveiled 10 models from its 2020 lineup at EICMA yesterday. Now, we already know that the brand has big plans for developing countries like India. Hence the need to introduce small capacity motorcycles like the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 which are based on KTM’s 390 platform. We’ve already seen the bikes being tested in India on a couple of occasions, and it looks like the testers did go back to the company with certain issues. We say so because both the bikes have been updated to MY2020 with cosmetic and mechanical changes.  

Also Read: India's Wait For Husqvarnas Just Got Longer, But With Good Reason

From the looks of it, the pillion seat didn’t have enough room earlier, which pushed Husqvarna to rework the bolt-on subframe for the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. This essentially extends the rear by 40mm for improved pillion comfort. But that isn’t everything: Husqvarna feels the new year also asks for a refreshing new look, hence the introduction of new paint schemes. Aside from this, the bikes remain unchanged.

Also Read: Husqvarna Working On Smaller 125cc, 250cc Motorcycles

Both the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 share the same 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine seen on the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390. It puts out 43.5PS of peak power and a maximum torque output of 37Nm, mated to a 6-speed transmission. 

Also Read: The Husqvarna Norden 901 Adds A Neo Retro Touch To The Adventure Genre

As for its underpinnings, the Husky twins use a steel trellis frame with an upside down fork and a monoshock sourced from WP. Putting a leash on the bike are disc brakes at both ends paired with dual-channel ABS. The Vitpilen features road-baised tyres wrapped around 17-inch rims while the Svartpilen gets dual-purpose tyres in the same wheel sizes. 

Given the bikes’ premium positioning, we expect the Vitpilen 401 to be priced around Rs 2.8 lakh while the Svartpilen 401 (the urban scrambler) may set you back by around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom). Select dealerships have unofficial started bookings for the duo for a token amount of Rs 5,000.

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