The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 were launched in India on February 25, 2020. Both motorcycles had an introductory price of ₹ 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In a month since the launch of these motorcycles, Husqvarna has registered sales of 163 units. Few dealerships had started taking pre-bookings a month before the motorcycles were launched. It could be argued that the numbers could have been even higher, but for the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Both motorcycles are based on the KTM 250 Duke and get the same engine along with the same chassis as well. The 200 cc to 400 cc segment is a fast-growing segment and with the Bajaj Group offering multiple options in the form of the KTM motorcycles and the Bajaj Dominar and now the Husqvarna 250 twins, the company aims to get a lion's share of the pie here.
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Husqvarna bikes have always had a distinct design language with minimalist overtones and these two Huskies are no different. The Svartpilen 250 (Swedish for black arrow) is basically a modern day neo-retro scrambler with a slightly upright stance and tyres that can handle the tarmac and mild off-road trails too. It also gets a bash-plate as standard. On the other hand, the Vitpilen 250 (Swedish for White Arrow) gets a sportier stance and lowered handlebars, in line with a typical cafe racer motorcycle. In terms of features, the motorcycles get Bosch dual-channel ABS and all LED lighting.
The 250 cc motorcycles get a fuel injected, liquid cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke DOHC engine that produces 30 bhp at 9,000 rpm and has a peak torque output of 24 Nm at 7,500 rpm. There is a 6-speed gearbox on offer too along with a slipper clutch. It is the same setup a on the KTM 250 Duke. Thanks to their styling, both motorcycles get a different handlebar. Both motorcycles get 43 mm WP USDs up front and a WP monoshock at the rear. The front wheel gets a 320 mm disc while the rear gets a 230 mm disc. Both bikes are also built around lightweight trellis frame and have 17-inch alloy wheels. The Svartpilen 250 weighs 154 kg (kerb weight) while the Vitpilen 250 is one kg lighter.
KTM has around 400 dealerships in 275 cities across India and the Husqvarna motorcycles will be available for sale in all of them.