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Husqvarna could launch Vitpilen 501 & Svartpilen 501 using KTM 490 engines

Written by Nizam Shaikh

KTM is developing the new 490 twin-cylinder motorcycle platform for a plethora of motorcycles. Now, official sources suggest that Husqvarna will also follow suit with the introduction of the 501 range.

Vitpilen 501 and Svartpilen 501

Husqvarna will introduce the new Vitpilen 501 and Svartpilen 501 with the new engine platform. The new engine platform is likely to go on sale on the KTM motorcycles, followed by Husqvarna. Both the Cafe and Scrambler will feature identical engine specification, which is currently unknown. But, following KTMs track record, subtle power delivery is not likely to be in the dictionary. The motorcycles are likely to follow the same eccentric design language and come with high-performance parts in the suspension and braking department. Also, expect the electronics department to be well lit.

Husqvarna Norden 501 Explorer

Both Husqvarna arrows will come with the new twin-cylinder engine derived from the KTM. Apart from the Vitpilen 501 Cafe and Svartpilen 501 Scrambler, the twin-cylinder platform will introduce a new 501 Explorer. This new Explorer segment could come with the ‘Norden’ nomenclature and a design language similar to the Norden 901 ADV. 

KTM Motorcycle Portfolio

Earlier, we reported that KTM would bring a Duke (Naked Streetfighter), Supermoto, Enduro (Dual-Purpose), Adventure and RC (Supersport) iterations. The motorcycles underpin the same 490 twin-cylinder platforms with changes in suspension setup and bodywork. Bajaj Auto will manufacture the new motorcycles at the new Chakan manufacturing plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The brand has invested INR 650 crore for the new production facility, and the facility will also manufacture Husqvarna and Triumph motorcycles. 

The brand will also launch three KTM branded 490 motorcycles in the Indian market. This is likely to include the popular Duke, RC and Adventure brands. The Supermoto and Enduro are likely to be exported for sale in European markets along with the Duke, Adventure and RC. Currently, it is unknown if Husqvarna will bring the 501 to India. The brand only retails the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 in India. 

Meanwhile, Husqvarna is also making development in the electric mobility segment with the introduction of the Husqvarna Vektorr and E-Pilen.

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