Launched earlier this year, Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 & Vitpilen 250 are now costlier by Rs 4,736
This is the first time prices have been increased for Husqvarna 250 twins. The huskies were launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). Husqvarna motorcycles were introduced in India by Bajaj Auto as per the company’s multi-brand strategy. The company has already tasted success with KTM bikes and is aiming to achieve similar results with Husqvarna.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 have a lot in common in terms of design features and hardware. However, each one has certain distinctive features that give these bikes their unique character. The most obvious difference is in the name, Svartpilen and Vitpilen, which in Swedish means ‘white arrow’ and ‘black arrow’, respectively. This is evident in Svartpilen’s dark paint job and Vitpilen’s white colour.
Husqvarna 250 twins differ in terms of usage, in that Svartpilen is a scrambler whereas Vitpilen is a cafe racer. Equipped with a tall handlebar and dual purpose tyres, Svartpilen is designed to effortlessly tackle city streets and mild off-roading environments. On the other hand, Svartpilen is more attuned for racing needs with its forward-leaning riding stance, low clip-on handlebar and rear set footpegs.
In terms of equipment, Svartpilen 250 is equipped with a tank rack, which is not available with Vitpilen. Both motorcycles also use a different set of wheels and tyres. While Svartpilen utilizes 8-spoke rims and dual-purpose tyres, Vitpilen is equipped with 5-spoke alloys shod with road-focussed tyres.
Apart from these, both motorcycles are largely the same. Common features include LED headlight and taillight, strong and lightweight steel trellis frame, compact chassis design, premium build quality and finish, WP Apex suspension with upside down forks, and Bosch dual channel ABS.
Both bikes utilize the same BS6-compliant 248.8 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder FI engine that churns out max power of 31 hp at 9,000 rpm and max torque of 24 Nm at 7,500 rpm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox integrated with a slipper clutch. This engine also does duty on KTM Duke 250.
Launch of Husqvarna 250 twins is in line with evolving market dynamics wherein a strong growth can be seen in premium motorcycle segment. Excluding recent months, this segment has registered CAGR of almost 19% over the last five years. Husqvarna 250 twins belong to lifestyle performance segment and appeal to customers who value design, style and performance.
Husqvarna 250 twins are sold via KTM showrooms that have been updated in line with the premium nature of the huskies. The twins take on rivals such as TVS Apache RR 310, KTM Duke 250 and Bajaj Dominar 250.