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Husqvarna Svartpilen vs Vitpilen: Performance Numbers Explained


Which of the two Swedish arrows is quicker?

After waiting with bated breath for far too long, we recently managed to get our hands on the exciting new Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250. We’ve put them through a comprehensive road test and you can read all about what they’re like to ride, right here. But in our time with the 250 twins, we also put them through some rigorous performance tests and today we’re going to take a look at the results.

Specs:

Engine

Liquid-cooled 4-valve DOHC 248.8cc single-cylinder engine

Power

31.27PS

Torque

24Nm

Frame

Steel trellis frame

Suspension

F: WP 43mm upside-down front fork
R: WP preload-adjustable monoshock

Brakes

F: 320mm disc, ByBre 4-piston caliper
R: 230mm disc, single-piston caliper

Seat Height

835mm

Dry Weight

152kg (Vitpilen) / 153kg (Svartpilen)

Acceleration

 

 

Svartpilen 250

Vitpilen 250

0-60kmph

3.45sec

3.56sec

0-100kmph

8.64sec

8.87sec

Quarter Mile

16.48sec @ 119.24kmph

16.72sec @ 124.72kmph

30-70kmph (3rd Gear)

4.91sec

4.72sec

40-80kmph (4th Gear)

6.60sec

6.40sec

Since both bikes have identical engines mated to identical drivetrains, it’s unsurprising that they have very close acceleration figures. What is surprising, though, is that the marginally heavier Svartpilen is actually the quicker of the two bikes from a standing start, getting to 100kmph around a quarter of a second quicker than the lighter Vitpilen. When it comes to in-gear acceleration, though, the Vitpilen’s advantage pays off and it’s the quicker bike of this pair.

Braking

 

Svartpilen 250

Vitpilen 250

100-0kmph

50.70m

48.98s

80-0kmph

32.86m

32.20m

60-0kmph

18.62m

18.40s

Though both bikes once again share the same braking hardware, when it comes to dropping anchor, the lighter Vitpilen wields its weight advantage to come to a halt quicker than the Svartpilen. When stopping from 100kmph, the Vitpilen’s advantage is nearly 2 metres.

Fuel Efficiency

City

32.44kmpl

Highway

30.97kmpl

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to put both bikes through our comprehensive fuel economy tests. But we did manage to check the Svartpilen’s mileage both in the city and out on the highway. Sadly, the figures make for bleak reading because the Husky doesn’t manage to stretch each litre of fuel very far. Couple this with its miniscule 9.5-litre fuel tank and you’re looking at a bike that’s best kept within the urban confines of a city.

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