The Husqvarna concept motorcycles, the 401 Vitpilen and 401 Svartpilen that were showcased at the EICMA 2014 motor show have just been confirmed for production by the company’s MD.
Both the motorcycles use the same frame and engine from the KTM’s RC 390 and Duke 390 and would go on sale by 2017, according to Reinhold Zens, one of Husqvarna’s two MDs.
The Vitpilen is the company’s modern take on the cafe racer while the Svartpilen is an iteration of the scrambler design and styling. The Vitpilen, Swedish for ‘White Arrow’ would be launched with regular road-going tyres while the Svartpilen, translating to ‘Black Arrow’ in Swedish would be featuring knobby tyres.
It has also been confirmed that the production version of both these motorcycles would not look exactly as the concepts that were showcased at the Milan show due to rules and regulations, but will be as close as possible in styling to the two machines.
Engine-wise, both the machines would have their parent company – KTM’s single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 375 cc engine found in the Duke and RC 390 models in the same stage of tune which produces 43.5 bhp of power and 34.8 Nm of torque that is transferred to the road via a six-speed gearbox, similar to the one found on the KTMs.