Bajaj Auto has launched the new Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 in India. The booking for the bikes has commenced across the country. The all-new Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 has been launched at starting prices of Rs. 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). The brand Husqvarna made its India debut at the 2019 India Bike Week last December and the new motorcycles are tailor-made for the Indian market based on the larger Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401. The new Husqvarna bikes will be sold via the 400 KTM dealerships located in 275 towns pan India.
Speaking on the occasion Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd.said “The premium motorcycle segment has seen strong growth in India over the last five years of almost 19% CAGR, with two broad classes of motorcycles – sporty high-performance motorcycles and lifestyle motorcycles with limited performance. The Husqvarna twins are superbly crafted and will be a game-changer in the lifestyle performance segment. They offer a great package of superior dynamic performance and a unique Swedish design language. The Husqvarnas are meant for progressive riders who have an evolved taste, a strong appreciation for style and don’t want a compromise between performance and elegant design. We look forward to seeing Husqvarna replicate the success of KTM motorcycles by targeting a different and complementary consumer segment.”
The new Husqvarna bikes get a neo-retro design language. The Svartpilen means “Black Arrow” in Swedish and comes with a more upright stance and a Scrambler design. It also comes with dual-sport tires and a sump guard. The Vitpilen means “White Arrow” in Swedish and gets a cafe racer-inspired design. The handlebar is hunkered down low for an aggressive and sporty cafe racer stance. Bikes get a retro-styled digital instrument console and share their underpinnings with the KTM 250 Duke.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and the Svartpilen 250 are powered by a 248 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which generates a max power of 29.5 bhp at 9000 rpm and a peak torque of 24 Nm. Both bikes use a 43 mm USD front fork and rear mono-shock suspension. The braking set-up includes the ByBre four-piston caliper with a 320 mm disc on the front wheel and a single-piston caliper on a 230 mm disc on the rear wheel. The kerb weight of Svartpilen is 154 kg, while the Vitpilen is one kilo lighter in comparison.