Launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 will be sold at all 100 KTM outlets spread across 45 cities
After making its debut at the India Bike Week in December, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 have just been launched. Both the are now on sale at an introductory price of Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) making it just Rs 7,000 more than the KTM 200 Duke and Rs 20,000 less than the KTM 250 Duke. Bajaj Auto is smartly using an aggressive pricing strategy to lure customers in buying into the Husqvarna family – a brand that doesn’t resonate with the masses as yet.
Both these motorcycles come with the same engine that also does duty on the KTM 250 Duke – a 248.8cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected motor that develops 29.6bhp and 24Nm. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed transmission that is assisted by a slipper clutch. The Svartpilen tips the scale at 154kg while the Vitpilen weighs 153kg – both are lighter than the 250 Duke. Braking duties are performed by a 320mm disc at the front and a 230mm one at the back. Dual channel ABS comes as standard on both offerings. Just like the 250 Duke, the 17-inch front wheel sits on 43mm Upside Down forks and at the back, the Husqvarna twins also get a monoshock. Front and rear tyre sizes are also identical to the 250 Duke – 110/70 at the front and 150/60 section at the rear.
Coming to the design bits, the Husqvarna 250s are a reflection of their larger 400cc siblings with both motorcycles sitting on alloy wheels instead of a spoke setup. The Svartpilen 250 is a scrambler-styled offering while the Vitpilen 250 is more neo-retro in its styling. Staying true to its scrambler styling, the Svartpilen 250 gets dual-sport tyres and a taller handlebar.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 will be sold via all the 100 KTM dealerships that are spread across 45 cities. Bajaj Auto intends to add nearly 300 more outlets across 230 cities in the next 5 months.
Speaking on the launch, Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said, “The Husqvarnas are meant for progressive riders who have an evolved taste, a strong appreciation for style and don’t want a compromise between performance and elegant design. We look forward to see Husqvarna replicate the success of KTM motorcycles by targeting a different and complementary consumer segment.”