Husqvarna is developing the next-generation Svartpilen 401 motorcycle. As you are aware, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen Huskies are heavily based on the KTMs, and this time as well, the spy images of the Svartpilen 401 tell us that the new Svartpilen 401 appears to be similar (in terms of hardware) to the upcoming KTM 390 Duke. As a result, the upcoming Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 will likely feature a new chassis, a revised swingarm, and an offset mono-shock with rebound and preload adjustment. Whereas at the front, it will come equipped with upside-down front 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.
In addition, the alloy wheels seem lighter than before, thereby reducing the kerb weight of the Svartpilen 401. For braking duties, the disc brake has been moved to the right of the bike from the left side, but it comes equipped with Metzeler M5 tyres, unlike the block-pattern rubbers offered with the existing bike.
New Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Design
Spotted at a factory yard in its production-ready form, the prototype of the next-generation Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 has upright handlebars, hinting that it could be a roadster. The bike has a new bodywork with larger side bulges, a longer tail, and a wider single-piece seat, however, the fuel tank design is similar to the current version. 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, which informs us that this Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is intended for the Indian market. Plus, the India launch is also imminent as the bike is ready to be rolled out of production soon.
New Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Powertrain
Under the hood, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is expected to receive the same single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine as the KTM 390 Duke. But, Husqvarna's offering will probably pack more punch, if we go by some industry reports.
Husqvarna Bikes in India
As of now, Husqvarna offers the Vitpilen 250 and the Svartpilen 250 bikes in the Indian market. Once launched in India, it will be the first time the Husqvarna 401s will be sold across the country. 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.