Last month, the next-generation Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 was spotted in its production-ready avatar at a factory stockyard, revealing a new chassis, a revised swingarm, a saree guard, an offset mono-shock, a new alloy wheel design, etc. However, this time around, the upcoming Svartpilen 401 has been spied testing on the road alongside the new KTM 390 Duke, which is expected to go on sale in the country at a later date this year. The Svartpilen and Vitpilen Huskies are heavily based on the KTMs. Under the hood, the new Svartpilen 401 is likely to receive the revamped single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine as the KTM 390 Duke, which is anticipated to be powered by a 399cc unit. Although the official power figures aren't out yet, Husqvarna's offering will probably pack more punch.
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Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Hardware
In terms of hardware, the upcoming Svartpilen 401 will feature a new chassis, a revised swingarm, and an offset mono-shock with rebound and preload adjustment. Up front, the motorcycle will be suspended with the help of inverted forks, probably adjustable for rebound and compression. Thanks to the new suspension setup, riders will be able to adjust the springs according to their riding styles.
Not limited to this, the next-generation Svartpilen 401 will ride on lighter alloy wheels wrapped in Metzeler M5 tyres, adding to its weight reduction. For braking duties, the disc brake has been moved to the right side of the bike from the left.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Design Details
Design-wise, the motorcycle gets flatter handlebars, suiting the 'Roadster' vibe. Besides, it has fresh bodywork with larger side bulges, a longer tail, and a wider single-piece seat. Designed with comfort and practicality in mind, the new bike features a larger grab rail at the back. Another highlight is the presence of a saree guard and engine crash guards, informing us that this Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is intended for the Indian market.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: India Launch Details
As of now, Husqvarna offers the Vitpilen 250 and the Svartpilen 250 bikes in the Indian market. We expect the upcoming Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 to make its market entry sometime later in 2023. In terms of pricing, the motorcycle could range between Rs 2.70 lakh and Rs 2.80 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike maker has had its presence in India since 2020, but the pandemic hit at the same time and had a negative impact on the automotive sector. To strengthen its portfolio, Husqvarna is introducing 401s and gradually moving to a more premium segment.