Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 neo-retro styled motorcycle will be developed at Bajaj Auto’s Pune based plant.
Bajaj Auto and KTM have jointly announced to develop the upcoming Husqvarna Motorcycles in India. Initially, the company will produce the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. Both models will also be exported to global markets. The Husqvarna brand is owned by Pierer Industries AG, which is headed by Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 will be the first bike to hit Indian shores. It was first unveiled at the EICMA 2016 in Milan. This unique looking neo-retro designed motorcycle is developed on the KTM Duke 390 platform.
The production of the bike will commence in India in 2018 at the Bajaj Auto’s production plant in Pune. This motorcycle will be powered by the single-cylinder 373cc engine that is good for 43bhp and 37Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox. Featuring an avant garde cafe racer design, the Husqvarna 401 will be launched as niche motorcycle in the middleweight segment.
Bajaj Auto has confirmed that the Vitpilen 401 will be manufactured locally at its Pune manufacturing unit. Production of the car will be commenced in 2018, and is expected to be launched in India towards the second half of next year. We will update you as soon as Bajaj announces its launch date.
|Price (Estimated)||Rs 3 lakh – Rs 3.5 lakh|
This middleweight motorcycle is based on the KTM Duke 390 platform, and will be manufactured locally at Bajaj’s Pune based plant. The local production will help Husqvarna to price this motorcycle aggressively in the market. We believe this bike will be priced at a premium over the Duke 390. It is likely to cost around Rs 3 lakh – 3.5 lakh.
|Engine||373.2cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||5.6 seconds|
|Emission Norms||Euro 4|
Besides sharing platform, the Vitpilen 401 will also share engine specs with KTM Duke 390. It will be powered by the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum power output of 43bhp and a peak torque of 37Nm. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox.
This motorcycle will also get aluminum side-mounted exhaust and Ride-by-Wire technology. Suspension mechanism of the bike will comprise of WP upside-down fork and monoshock setup at the front and rear, respectively. This retro-styled motorcycle will also get Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and Slipper Clutch.
This neo-retro styled bike is likely to return around 25kmpl in City and around 30kmpl on highway roads.
This retro-styled motorcycle is developed on the steel trellis frame, which also underpins the KTM Duke 390. The bike’s design seems inspired from retro classic cafe racer. Featuring minimal and clean design, the bike looks unique and attractive. The bike looks largely identical to the concept model, which was showcased 2-3 years back. This motorcycle is equipped with a circular LED headlamp with LED daytime running light, upside-down front fork, single-pod instrument console with LCD display, T-shaped 9.5-litre fuel tank, etc. Thanks to its aggressive stance and short rear-sub frame, the motorcycle carries an eye-catching appearance. Other styling elements include long and compact seat, narrow tail-section with sleek LED taillight and side-slung exhaust.