As per the reports, it has been found that the Austrian bike maker KTM is going to shift the production base of stylish models like the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. In near future, both of these models will be manufactured at the Bajaj Auto’s Chakan based facility near Pune and will be exported for the international markets.
Expectations suggest, the production for the said models will commence by late 2018 or early 2019. Later, they will be rolled out for the global market. Altogether, the Indian market will also be received the availability of these models. In terms of pricing, the Husqvarna bikes will be priced a premium over the KTM Duke 390 model.
Under the fuel tank, both the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will get the propelling power from a 373.3cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled and fuel injected engine. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox with an anti-hopping slipper clutch, the mill is capable of producing the peak power of 43.5 HP and 37 Nm of torque.
Onboard features will contain LED headlamp, all-digital instrument cluster, USD forks and dual-channel ABS.
Under Bajaj and KTM alliance, the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 will be the 9th and the 10th models to be produced post the models like the KTM Duke (125, 200, 250 and 390) and the RC (125, 200, 250 and 390). By the end of this year, a new model, the KTM 390 Adventure will also hit the production line. In terms of sales, the KTM has seen a major hike of 17 per cent with the dispatched 2,38,408 units last year as against 2,03,767 units sold in 2016.