Swedish motorcycle brand Husqvarna is gearing up to unveil the 401 Vitpilen motorcycle on November 8 at the EICMA show in Milan. Husqvarna is owned by KTM in which Bajaj Auto has a stake.
Husqvarna has released a teaser video of the 401 Vitpilen that does justice to the 401 Vitpilen concept unveiled at the EICMA show in 2014. The neo-retro motorcycle in the teaser video has been showed with round shaped LED headlamp outlined with daytime running lamps.
KTM boss Stefan Pierer already confirmed that the Husqvarna bike will be based on the 2017 KTM 390 Duke. The 401 Vitpilen will share trellis frame and engine from the 390 Duke. The 375cc, single-cylinder engine powering the current 390 Duke develops 43bhp of power and the number is expected to be increased in the 401 Vitpilen. This is the same engine that will also power the upcoming Bajaj Kratos VS400.
Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant in Pune currently serves as the global production hub for the KTM Duke and RC range of motorcycles. The Husqvarna motorcycle will also be manufactured at this facility.
As per reports, Husqvarna is planning to enter India in 2017. During an annual general meeting (AGM), Rajiv Bajaj announced that Husqvarna will debut in the Indian market in January 2017, reports Zigwheels. In that case, Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen is expected to be sold via KTM dealerships across the country. It will be priced at a premium over the KTM range of bikes.
KTM acquired Husqvarna AG from the BMW Group in 2013 and renamed it Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH.