KTM Duke 390-based Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 spied

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 production model based on KTM Duke 390 spied

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Based on KTM Duke 390‘s platform, the Husqvarna Vitpilen will mark the Swedish two wheeler marque’s return to street bike business. Currently, the brand specializes in moto cross machines.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 production model spyshot
Short clip-on handlebar provides a riding stance which is somewhere between that of RC390 and Duke 390.

The early prototype dons several bits that are lifted directly from Duke 390 such as headlamp, orange wheels, suspension system, etc. Final production version however will have an individualistic appeal with a circular headlamp like the concept’s and a new fuel tank. Minimal bodywork on the tailpiece is likely to be retained.

Held together by KTM’s proven trellis frame, the upcoming Husky will also borrow WP suspension system (inverted front telescopic fork and adjustable rear monoshock), Bybre (subsidiary of Brembo) braking system and possibly even the Metzeler tyres from its Austrian counterpart.

It’s too early to speculate on engine output figures but expect the 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine to continue with its current state of tune (44 bhp and 35 Nm of torque). Transmission will be a 6-speed unit.

Husqvarna-401-Vitpilen-Concept-02-engine

Given that KTM’s compact displacement motorcycles ranging from Duke 125 to RC390 are solely made at Bajaj’s Chakan plant for global consumption, producing Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 in India will be a sound strategic move.

Market positioning of Husqvarna would be slightly higher than KTM. Since Indian compact sportsbike segment is growing leaps and bounds, there should be enough room for yet another Duke 390-based motorcycle. Launch is expected sometime in 2016.

Via – Visordown.com

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