After being spotted testing in India for the first time, the Husqvarna 401 twins Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 – have yet again been spied testing in the country (more precisely in Pune). The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 concepts were showcased at EICMA 2015 while the production spec models were showcased at the EICMA 2016. That said, the bikes will go on on sale in the global markets from April 2018, while we could see an India launch by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Also Read: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 & Svartpilen 401 India launch in Early 2020 Price, Specs & Top Speed
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are based on the KTM 390 Duke platform and share a lot of components including the chassis, suspension and engine with its orange cousins. The 401 twins will be initially manufactured at KTMs Mattighofen facility but eventually production will shift to Bajajs Chakan facility near Pune. While the bikes are based on the KTM 390 platform, both gets a different design and riding dynamics. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is a modern-day café racer, while the Vitpilen 401 is Husqvarnas take on a modern-day scrambler motorcycle. Read More: Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, 401 & Svartpilen 401 global launch in 2018; Bajaj-KTM to manufacture 401 range in India
Both the bikes sport similar design with respect to the fuel tank, seats and tail section. However, the Vitpilen 401 gets a wide handlebar, SPLIT-SEATS, knobby off-road tyres, luggage rack on the fuel tank and a black paint scheme. On the other hand, the Svartpilen 401 features clip-on handlebars, sticky Metzeler M5 tyres, single-piece seat and a white paint scheme. Both the bikes get full-LED round headlamps, all-digital instrument cluster, spoke wheels and a side mounted exhaust. The 401 twins also feature rear set footrests and a single-sided tyre hugger with number-plate holder and rear turn indicators. Also Read: KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype Showcased at EICMA 2017; India Launch Likely by end 2019
Powering the Husqvarna 401 twins is the same 373.2cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that is good for 43.5 BHP of power and 37 Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed transmission that is assisted by a slipper clutch. Both the bikes get Bosch 9.11MB switchable dual-channel ABS as standard while braking is handled by disc brakes at both the ends. Both bikes also get the same suspension setup from the KTM 390 Duke with the WP-sourced 43mm USD forks upfront and a WP mono-shock at the rear. Read More: KTM 790 Duke Showcased at EICMA 2017; India Launch Likely by end 2018
The 401 twins also get ride by wire system as standard. We can expect the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 to be priced aggressively as the bikes will be manufactured in India alongside the KTM Duke and RC range. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 dont have any direct competition, but in terms of pricing, will compete against the likes of TVS Apache RR 310, upcoming BMW G 310 R and even the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390.
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