In a surprise move, Bajaj has launched the new Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 250 in India. While the scrambler costs Rs 2.92 lakh, the cafe racer will set you back by Rs 2.19 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi).
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 has made its debut in India for the first time, and comes with the same set of updates as the KTM 390 Duke. So, there’s an all-new frame, swingarm and the oh-so-lovely 399cc engine belting out 45.6 bhp and 3.97 kgm. Along with that, the Svartpilen also benefits from the adjustable WP suspension and a quickshifter. To complete the scrambler look, this one gets wire-spoke rims, and interestingly, there’s Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres straight from the factory.
Of course, there’s visual changes on the Svartpilen, too. Though the overall design is minimalist, everything, from the headlight to the panels and the console has been updated. The Svartpilen 401 gets a 5-inch TFT console with optional Bluetooth connectivity.
The Vitpilen 250 is the Swedish counterpart of the 250 Duke. So, it benefits from the same hardware upgrades from the Duke, like an updated engine, new chassis, suspension and a 5-inch LCD console.
All the changes to the Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 250 have resulted in improved ground clearance while decreasing the seat height, increased fuel tank capacity and making the bike roomier.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 is over Rs 18,000 more affordable than the KTM 390 Duke, while offering similar performance and hardware. And the only other scrambler in this segment is the Triumph Scrambler 400X.