Husqvarna’s Vitpilen cafe racer and Svartpilen Scrambler made their first appearance in the 2014 EICMA show. Since then, these models have been going through various testing phases and consequently, a number of changes have been incorporated in the styling of these bikes. According to the latest spy shots of the near production-ready version of Svartpilen in India, the bike seems to have taken the design and styling to the next level.
The exhaust is clearly the one from the KTM Duke 250 and not the 390, clearly signify, Husqvarna is coming back with the 250’s. It will interesting to see if the 400 every make it now. This is also means Husqvarna isn’t a premium brand till date in India and mass appeal and attractive pricing is incoming.
Some of the key defining elements on the Svartpilen include an oversized headlight, fuel tank with chamfered edges, and side sections with shaved design. Panels on either side of the radiator are new and the TFT dash makes for a neat appearance. At the back, the license plate is conventionally designed and comes across as a more practical replacement to the swingarm-mounted plate of the original model.
The steel trellis frame and swingarm have been carried over from the new 2024 KTM Dukes that have been spotted in testing. The new horizontal mounting for the rear shock clearly highlights the aspect. The other important chassis elements such as WP Apex forks and ByBre brake calipers have been carried over by the designers. The rear suspension is horizontally mounted to the chassis and swingarm on the side depicting dramatic behaviour in riding dynamics, noticeably very quick to response upon turning in or out.
What is also well focused enough is the new seat which seems longer, a tad bit wider and the seat height, the most important part, should be lower. Either optional or standard, there will be a low seat height variant.
In terms of engine, the single-cylinder 249cc capacity motor is expected to produce power and torque. It’s expected that the next-generation Svartpilen will make its debut by late in early 2024 and the Vitpilen cafe racer will follow.