Bajaj Auto launches Svartpilen 401, Vitpilen 250 motorcycles in India | Autocar Professional

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Husqvarna Motorcycles has taken the covers off the all-new 2024 generation Vitpilen and Svartpilen models. Featuring the biggest technical updates to the ranges since their introduction in 2018, the completely redesigned Vitpilen 401, Vitpilen 125, Svartpilen 401, Svartpilen 250, and Svartpilen 125 all feature entirely new engines, new chassis, class-leading technology, and new styling.

Bajaj Auto, which began manufacturing Husqvarna motorcycles for export at its Chakan plant in 2021, rolls out the Svartpilen 125, 250, 401 and the Vitpilen 125, 250 and 401 models. It has now launched the 2024 Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 250 in the Indian market.

Designed for multiple applications from urban commuting to weekend exploration, the newest Vitpilen and Svartpilen models have been designed to offer a consistently fun, memorable, and dynamic riding experience.

An all-new steel trellis frame preserves the agility of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models, with a lightweight aluminium swingarm and WP suspension on each machine ensuring predictable handling. The 2024 machines also feature a longer wheelbase, new frame, and a revised seat height, improving their cornering behaviour while keeping their renowned stability. The Vitpilen models further benefit from new handlebars that offer reduced weight for highly responsive steering. Powering the 2024 range is a new and more compact engine family, Euro 5-compliant with an improved weight distribution and revised gearbox.

 The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are powered by a 399cc, 45hp, single-cylinder engine that is housed inside a steel trellis chassis. Combined with a new aluminium swingarm, the motorcycles’ nimble handling gives excellent rider feedback. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 also share key technology, including cornering MTC, switchable ride modes, adjustable WP suspension, ByBre brakes and Bosch cornering sensitive ABS that deliver powerful stopping. Easy Shift technology allows clutchless gear changes while a 5” bonded glass TFT display, premium paint finish with decals, and 17-inch wheels complete the unmistakable style of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models.

 Driven by a 125cc, 15 hp single-cylinder engine, the new Svartpilen 125 and Vitpilen 125 offer a chance to learn and explore, combining ergonomic design with high-end components for a reassuring ride. Like their larger capacity siblings, both models feature WP suspension, ByBre brakes, and Bosch cornering sensitive ABS. Offering an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, the agile, compact, and A1 licence-compliant Svartpilen 125 and Vitpilen 125 are expertly designed for the next generation of young riders.

Meanwhile, the Svartpilen 250 combines a lighter, 249cc, 31hp single-cylinder engine with a new lightweight chassis, aluminium swingarm, and an upright riding position for a controlled and assured ride wherever the road goes. As standard, WP suspension, ByBre brakes, and dual channel Bosch ABS are used, with cast aluminium triple clamps unique to the Svartpilen 250 offering precisely engineered flex for a comfortable ride. A new 5-inch LCD display, premium paint finish with decals, and heavy-duty 17-inch cast wheels round out the premium build of the Svartpilen 250.

The Vitpilen 250 (left) and Svartpilen 450 (right) will be available at KTM-Husqvarna Motorcycles authorised dealers in India from end-January 2024.
Images: KISKA GMbH

BAJAJ AUTO LAUNCHES VITPILEN 250 and SVARTPILEN 401 IN INDIA

Following the global launch of the latest Husqvarna models, Bajaj Auto has launched the 2024 Model Year Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 250 in India, with both to be available from end-January 2024 onwards at over 400 KTM-Husqvarna Motorcycles authorised dealers in India. Both motorcycles are offered with a 2+3-year warranty with a service interval of 7,500 kilometres.

Sumeet Narang, President (Probiking) at Bajaj Auto said, “We are delighted to launch the all-new 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 250 motorcycles in India. Husqvarna motorcycles are designed to deliver a dynamic performance in a simple yet sophisticated package. These head-turner motorcycles will offer a great choice to the Indian consumer seeking style, sophistication and modern performance from their ride in the premium motorcycles segment.”

TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF HYUSQVARNA’S NEW MODEL RANGE

New frame and swingarm that accommodate the new engine with off-centre rear suspension

New 5inch bonded glass TFT display (5-inch LCD display on Svartpilen 250)

Open cartridge front fork (big piston fork on Svartpilen 250)

A premium paint finish with overcoated decals

Low seat height of 820 mm

Cornering ABS (dual-channel ABS on Svartpilen 250)

Easy Shift and connectivity features as standard

LED headlight with positioning light ring (without positioning light ring for Svartpilen 250)

Spoked 17-inch wheels with premium Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres (Svartpilen 125 and Svartpilen 401)

Cast aluminium 17-inch wheels with 6-spoke aero design and premium Michelin Power 6 tyres (Vitpilen 125 and Vitpilen 401)

The 2024 Vitpilen and Svartpilen range will be available from February 2024 onwards at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers, albeit availability may differ from country to country. 

All images: KISKA GmbH

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