The latest spy shot of Husqvarna’s next-gen Svartpilen 401 reveals several vital details. It shows the motorcycle being tested in India, where Husky plans to launch it. We can tell you much more about the upcoming machine thanks to this test mule.
Spotted during testing, the next-gen KTM 390 Duke has been spied multiple times in the past few months, and its global sibling, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401, has also been spotted in testing.
This prototype is most likely that of the Svartpilen 401, as it dons sports wire-spoke wheels with knobby tyres and a luggage rack on top of the fuel tank.
The photos reveal a motorcycle with styling cues from the existing Vitpilen/Svartpilen and KTM Duke range. This suggests that the next-gen Husqvarna twin may get some of its design languages from the Austrian brand.
The leaked images also show an offset mono-shock and an underbelly exhaust compared to the more traditional central-mounted mono and side-mounted exhaust on the outgoing model. If you also look at the size, this prototype seems more considerable compared to the outgoing with a broader split seat arrangement.
Further, the tail section gets extended under the tail light compared to the tyre hugger on the outgoing model.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 use the same liquid-cooled, single-cylinder mill borrowed from the new KTM 390 Duke.
Rumours are that Husqvarna plans to increase the displacement from 373cc to 399cc, which has yet to be confirmed.
The Vitpilen 401 and the Svartpilen 401 (Black Arrow in English) are based on the same chassis, and it seems Husqvarna might be testing out the naked version of this bike in India.
While this particular motorcycle was spotted in India, it remains to be seen whether they’ll be launched here or not.
Husqvarna may plan to sell outside India, so if Husqvarna does decide to sell the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 here, expect them to cost more than their counterparts – i.e. more than the 399cc KTM 390 Duke, which retails for Rs 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).