Husqvarna had introduced the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 in India for an introductory price of Rs 1.80 lakh but has now hiked the price for both motorcycles by Rs 4,736.
Husqvarna, the newest bikemaker in India, launched the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 earlier this year for an introductory price of Rs 1.8 lakh. The Swedish manufacturer has now however hiked the price of both the motorcycles by Rs 4,736. The Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 250 thus now both retail in India for a price of Rs 1,84,756 and this is the first price hike from the manufacturer since the motorcycles were launched about five months. All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Mind you, this hike does not come for BS6 compliance as both the motorcycles were already BS6 compliant since their launch. Although Husqvarna hasn’t mentioned any specific reason for the hike in price, the hike itself is very reasonable considering its the first from the manufacturer. Also, Husqvarna had launched the motorcycles at an introductory price and thus a hike in price would have come anyway at some point in time. The motorcycles themselves also do get any mechanical or cosmetic upgrades.
The Husky Twins are powered by a BS6 compliant 248.7cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine from the KTM Duke 250. The engine produces 30 PS at 9000 RPM and 24 Nm of peak torque at 7000 RPM. Engine comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. The numbers are exactly the same as in the KTM Duke 250. Built on the same Steel Trellis frame, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen get 43mm WP APEX upside-down telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the back. Braking is handled by a 320mm front disc brake and a 230mm rear disc brake with dual-channel ABS as standard.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 has been designed as a cafe racer and the handlebars are so positioned that you get a mildly leaned-forward riding position. On the other hand, the Svartpilen 250 has been designed as a scrambler and the handlebars are slightly taller as well for a less committed position. It also gets dual-purpose tyres. Both the motorcycles are otherwise identical including the body panels and other mechanical bits.
Husqvarna sells their motorcycles through KTM dealerships which have now been upgraded to sell both Husqvarna and KTM motorcycles. The motorcycle manufacturer intended to be available at 100 dealerships across 45 cities from early-March 2020. Five months from then, they planned to be present in almost 400 KTM dealerships across 275 towns in India. However, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has certainly hampered the process of expansion. The bikemaker is however expected to bounce back once operations have been fully restored.