While KTM doesn’t look to be in a hurry to introduce Husqvarna brand in India, the firm is working intensely to unleash an array of new models to strengthen its European portfolio. Caught on test in Spain recently are the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 prototypes.
While the caferacer-style Vitpilen 701 (translates to White Arrow in English) test mule looks closer to production than its scrambler sibling, presence of two types of prototypes strongly indicate that both models are heading for production. Styling of the production versions is line with that of the Vitpilen 701 concept.
The new medium displacement Huskies (401 and 701) will share their running gears with comparable KTM platforms. While Vitpilen 701 employs alloy wheels, on-road tyres, and clip-on handlebars, Svartpilen 701 (Black Arrow in English) opts for spoke wheels, dual purpose tyres, flat handlebar, and an elevated instrument dial. The differences end with ergonomics and visual embellishments.
The 701’s motor would be derived from the Duke 690. Detailed performance figures of the single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine are under wraps as of now but expect multiple riding modes. Transmission would be a 6-speed unit.
The Duke 390-engined Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are expected to make their world premiere ahead of their respective 701 variants. Contrary to the earlier expectation that these new models would be manufactured in India for global consumption, KTM’s European plant is likely to become the production base.