Bajaj Auto and KTM have confirmed the launch of Husqvarna in India sometime in the next year. KTM also announced that the manufacturing of the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be shifted from KTM’s manufacturing plant in Austria to Bajaj’s Chakan manufacturing plant. It will be exported worldwide from here.
Spotted testing near Pune is the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 twins. They share a lot of similarities to the KTM Duke 390. Both Husqvarna and KTM share the same suspended trellis frame. They share the same 43 WP suspension setup. The engine in the Husqvarna 401 twins will also be the same as in KTM Duke 390. It will run on a 373cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine. It produces a maximum power of 43.5bhp and a maximum torque of 37Nm. The transmission will include a 6-speed gearbox. Disc brakes on both front and rear, slipper clutch and ABS are standard. It also gets the ride by wire throttle from KTM Duke 390.
The Vitpilen 401 has a modern cafe racer design. It will come with clip-on handlebars and knobby tires for better off-road performance. The Savrtpilen has a scrambler design theme. Both the bikes will have circular LED headlamps and a circular digital console. The wheels are 17 inches and are expected to be spoked.
Svartpilen means black arrow and Vitpilen means white arrow. This Swedish manufacturer is well established in the European countries. Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is now owned by KTM AG. Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH was earlier a part of Husqvarna armament firm. They started out by manufacturing muskets in the early years.
The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 motorcycle share a number of parts with the KTM Duke 390. Still, they might be offered at a slight premium over the KTM Duke 390.
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