Husqvarna Motorcycles India will soon launch ‘200’ and ‘401’ versions of its popular offerings, Vitpilen and Svartpilen
Husqvarna Motorcycles India, under Bajaj Auto Limited, has currently got only two products in its portfolio: Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250. Both motorcycles share their assembly line at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan manufacturing facility alongside the likes of KTM 250 Duke and Bajaj Dominar 250. Husqvarna models are sold via KTM India outlets.
Launched in late February 2020, the ‘Huskies’ carried an introductory price tag of Rs 1.80 lakh. Towards mid-March, the company hiked prices to almost Rs 1.85 lakh. In comparison, the KTM 250 Duke is priced at roughly Rs 2.09 lakh now after receiving a full-LED headlamp (Bajaj Dominar 250 pricing: Rs 1.60 lakh). All figures mentioned here are ex-showroom.
Globally, the Swedish-origin motorcycle manufacturer comes under KTM AG. In European markets, Husqvarna Motorcycles has a wide range of choices spread across Motocross (primarily two-strokes), Enduro, Supermoto and Naked Sports categories. The 2020MY Vitpilen and Svartpilen siblings come in ‘401’ (~390cc), ‘501’ (~510cc) and ‘701’ (~690cc) formats while ‘250’ is relatively new to foreign markets.
Husqvarna India Sales – June 2020
Last month, Bajaj Auto sold a total of 1,996 Husqvarna units (Vitpilen and Svartpilen sales combined). Out of this, domestic sales accounted for 428 units (only by ‘250’ models) and the remaining 1,568 were contributed by exports. The ‘250’ siblings marked 160 units on the exports chart of June 2020.
It is worth mentioning that the Chakan plant produces ‘200’ and ‘401’ models as well since they are based on the KTM 200 Duke and 390 Duke’s platforms, respectively. 188 Husqvarna 200 models were exported in June 2020 as against 1,220 ‘401’ units. Husqvarna Motorcycles India plans to launch its naked sports offerings in ‘200’ and ‘401’ formats in the near future. In fact, examples of the same were spied on Indian roads over the past months.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 – Specs
As mentioned before, the Husqvarna ‘250’ line is based on KTM India’s second-highest single-cylinder range. Powering the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 is a 248.8cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine. It churns out 30.57bhp @ 8,000rpm and 27.4Nm @ 6,500rpm. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed unit assisted by a slipper clutch.
On the other hand, Bajaj’s Dominar 250 employs a tweaked version of the power plant. Output figures stand at 26.6bhp @ 8,500rpm and 23.5Nm @ 6,500rpm. Its 6-speed transmission also boasts of a slipper clutch.
Notable highlights of the Husqvarna 250 models include a neo-retro styling (arguably the best-looking options in their class), exposed trellis frame, full-LED headlamp, WP USD forks, forged aluminium triple clamps, etc. The designers have given ample attention to detail all throughout and the motorcycles look the best in stock condition.
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