The all-new Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 may include a wide range of updates including design, underpinnings and engine
The curious case of Husqvarna is inexplicable to say the least. Although both offers under the Swedish brand Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 are quite likable with a unique design and more than decent performance. Unfortunately, that did not translate into significant sales volume.
This can mainly be attributed to the timing of the company’s launch in India in early 2020, when the pandemic broke out. The company has also not expanded its portfolio in these two years with only two more models under its belt. Hopefully we will see a change when the new generation models are scheduled to come out.
All New 2023 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Spied
Speaking of the new generation models, Husqvarna has already started developing the upcoming all-new models of the naked streetfighters. The first spyshots of what is supposedly the new generation Svartpilen 401 have been leaked on the internet. The test mule caught in cameras gives a clear view of a near-final version of the successor to the Svartpilen.
The prototype of the all-new Svartpilen 401 seen in the images looks very different from that of the KTM 390 Duke. So far, both bikes, as well as Vitpilen 401, have shared the exact same underpinnings. Some important style elements of the current Svartpilen 401 are retained in the future model. These include an oversized round LED headlight with an integrated round LED DRL and chamfered flat edges on the fuel tank.
While in the current model the tank flows directly into the seat, in the all-new model it gets a clear break for the subframe. At the rear, a conventional license plate holder replaces the older swingarm-mounted unit.
The most notable change, however, is a new lower-belly exhaust that replaces the top-mounted canister in the current Svartpilen. It looks like the split-style seat design and padding have also been updated.
Changes in substantiation
The all-new Svartpilen 401 is also primed to undergo several changes under its skin. Husqvarna has used a trellis frame on the new model, but the design of the frame shown in the prototype is different from the current unit. It also gets a new reinforced swingarm that is uncannily similar to the one in the prototype of the E-Pilen concept.
It also has a new split rear subframe, but the design isn’t as aggressive as its KTM counterpart. Front forks remain identical to upside-down forks sourced from WP Apex.
The rear, however, features an off-set mono-shock mounted on a redesigned swingarm. The front brake mount is shifted to the right, suggesting a change in brake hardware, although it gets the same ByBre caliper.
Finally, when he comes to the engine department, the engine is visibly a single cylinder unit, but gets a new cover which creates a lot of mystery. Despite structural similarity, it doesn’t appear to share any visible components with the current 373cc design. The exact capacity of this bike is still unknown, but a similar prototype bike was spotted earlier in the new-generation KTM Duke test mule.