Bajaj Auto has been gearing up to bring the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 neo-retro motorcycles in India and now, the homegrown bike manufacturer has confirmed that the Husqvarna models will hit the country market in 2019 only. Both the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be manufactured locally at the Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant, just like the KTM bikes.
Upon launch, Husqvarna motorcycles will be positioned above the KTM models. Thanks to the highly localized production, expect the Husqvarna motorcycles to be priced very aggressively. As KTM has seen impressive success in India in short period after launch here, Husqvarna motorcycles too are expected to garner attention of the buyers.
In terms of design, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 looks like a neo-retro café racer, while the Svartpilen 401 is a sporty variant of the bike. Both the models share same chassis and several components as well. They get circular headlamp with LED ring, a roundish fully digital instrument cluster, sculpted fuel tank, ergonomically designed rider seat, sleek LED taillight retro-looking multispoke wheels wrapped with meaty rubbers.
Both the bikes come with lightweight and impressive power to weight ratio. For power source, both the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 use a 373 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission and it churns out 44 bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque.