Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 spied in India yet again

29/12/2018 - 12:45 | ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

As the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401's road testing in India continues, more spy shots have surfaced online, courtesy PowerDrift. However, unlike the previous sighting where the bike was seen with wire-spoke wheels, the test mule was spotted with KTM sources orange alloy wheels this time.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Spied In India Front Right
The test mule of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 was seen with alloy wheels instead of wire-spokes. The production-spec version will come with wire-spoke wheels.

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A report from earlier this month suggested that the India launch of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401 has been delayed and it will now take place by the end of FY2020 (March 2020). The delay is reportedly due to the process of setting up the assembly line of the Husqvarna 401s and the selection of vendors, which is taking longer time than expected. Now that the launch has been pushed to 2020, Husqvarna is most likely readying the motorcycles with a BS-VI compliant engine.

The 373.2 cc liquid-cooled engine would continue to deliver 43.5 bhp of power and 37 Nm of peak torque, and come mated to a six-speed transmission. Features like a slipper clutch, ride by wire throttle, dual-channel ABS and a fully-digital instrument cluster will come as standard.

The Husqvarna 401 twins would be based on the KTM 390 Duke platform but feature different styling and arrive as premium offerings. The Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401 will share the trellis frame, suspension setup, and disc brakes that would be sourced from the KTM 390 Duke. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a neo-retro café racer, while the Svartpilen 401 is a modern scrambler. Expect the Husqvarna duo to carry a premium over the 390 Duke’s INR 2.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) price tag.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Spied In India Rear Right Q
Apart from the alloy wheels, the Vitpilen 401 looks identical to the production-spec model that was spied in India earlier this year.

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In other updates, KTM is gearing up to launch the 790 Duke and the 390 Adventure in the Indian market. Select dealerships have started to accept the bookings for the 790 Duke for a token amount of INR 30,000. The parallel twin, middleweight Duke is expected to arrive in the INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom) price range. The KTM 390 Adventure, on the other hand, was recently spotted in India. A report from earlier this month claimed that KTM will make a formal announcement about the Indian launch date of the 390 Adventure by March 2019.


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