Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen and Vitpilen spotted testing and they look very potent and production version should be intimidating
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 and Vitpilen 701 were recently spied testing in Spain. Earlier the company had revealed the smaller displacement versions of the same. The Vitpilen 701 concept was revealed in 2015 at the EICMA show.the exposed trellis frame houses the KTM sourced 690cc single cylinder engine but with a brown casting logo on it. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 is styled just like the smaller Svartpilen 401 that Husqvarna unveiled late last year. The overall bike depicts a silhouette of the KTM Duke, as the Husqvarna Svartpilen is based on KTM’s engine platform itself.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 is essentially the scrambler variant of the Vitpilen 701. The bike is equipped with a scrambler like handlebar and the instrument cluster seems to be more slimmer than the one found on the Vitplien. The test unit bears a single disc brake upfront and gets dual channel ABS. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 test bike bears dual-sport tyres and spoke wheels.
The motorbike is still not production ready and its overall design philosophy resembles the Svartpilen 401 the one which was showcased earlier in the EICMA 2016. The upcoming Husqvarna differs from the KTM in terms of styling. The motorcycle features a round headlamp along with a slim looking tank. The handlebars of the Vitpilen 701 have been lowered which ensures the rider adopts a posture more like a cafe-racer with sharper seat section.
The Vitpilen is a cafe racer while the Svartpilen has a scrambler persona. Both motorcycle use the single cylinder engine borrowed from the KTM with a little bit of different engine tuning. What’s notable with the latest prototypes is that they’re much closer in style to the original Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen concept bikes in terms of their overall appearance. As aforementioned, the motorcycle are nearing production phase and we may see the final products by the end of the year, most likely at the 2017 EICMA show.