The Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svarpilen 401 is the Scandinavian motorcycle brand’s entry into the street motorcycle segment based on the highly-capable KTM 390 Duke platform that has seen a lot of success in India, and other developing Asian countries including the Philippines. Yet, while Husqvarna manufactures the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 in the Bajaj Factory in Chakan, they were never really made available in India. Only the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 250s were available locally while Husqvarna 401 bikes were exclusively exported and sold to different countries across Asia. However, Husqvarna is finally launching the Vitpilen and Svarpilen 401 to its local market and will be made available to them real soon.
Husqvarna’s Vitpilen and Svartpilen lineup was considered one of the most anticipated concept bikes ever since its concept made its debut in EICMA back in 2017. Blending a futuristic retro design, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401’s platform is based on KTM’s 390 Duke. They share the same punchy 373 cc single-cylinder engine capable of churning out 44 hp and 37 Nm of torque. They also share the same trellis frame as the KTM, yet with a redesigned subframe to give it a flatter, retro-styled seat.
With the news of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 finally making it to India, owners of the KTM 390 Duke wouldn’t find it hard for them to shift into a more stylish Husqvarna retro bike. While the Pierer Mobility Group positioned Husqvarna as more of a premium brand, the move of having locally manufactured Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401s available to the Indian market could at least bridge the price disparity between the 390 Duke and Husqvarna 401.
While official prices of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 has yet been officially announced, in India, people are speculating that if the prices of the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 250 would be mirrored, the Husqvarna 401 could end up being priced even lower than the KTM 390s. They would end up with a more affordable option to the 390 Duke with the same level of performance, albeit with Husqvarna’s retro styling which still makes for a strong selling proposition. It should be noted that Adventure Cycle Philippines Inc, the local distributor of KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in the Philippines also announced a similar move last December 2019 of having the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 motorcycles locally assembled in its Sta. Rosa, Laguna assembly plant.