It has been suspected for some time that the Husqvarna brand would build production versions of its Vitpilen & Svartpilen concepts. Now we have official word of that, as KTM has confirmed its intent to make the Vitpilen 401 & Svartpilen 401 concepts into production bikes, in its 2015 investor annual report.
KTM doesn’t outline a timeframe for both models, but it has confirmed that Husqvarna will debut two Vitpilen models for the 2017 model year – something that we already knew.
What is not clear however is whether Husqvarna counts the Vitpilen 125 & Vitpilen 401 models as two separate releases, or one bird of a feather. If it is the latter, then we can expect the Vitpilen 701 to arrive for next year. As Martha Stewart says, that’s a good thing.
KTM AG doesn’t talk too much about the Svartpilen model, other than confirming that it will come into production. Whether the Svartpilen will see a range of models, like the Vitpilen, or be a singular model, remains to be seen.
We will let you read into as you will, the relevant passage from the investor reports is as follows:
For 2017 the next step will be realized with the arrival of the first two VITPILEN production models.
A strong commitment to continuing the long tradition of progressive thinking and pioneering actions will be reflected as much in the creation of leading motorcycles, as it will in outstanding ways of identifying, satisfying and engaging with the rapidly- expanding customer base.
Pioneering will continue in every area of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand. As a first step, the upcoming segment-redefining VITPILEN and SVARTPILEN production models will set Husqvarna Motorcycles on a blazing trajectory to become Europe’s third-largest motorcycle producer – with the aim of doing so by 2020.
Gems like these, hidden away in KTM’s investor reports, will likely go away once KTM’s public stock buyback has concluded. Thankfully, KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer has earned a reputation for letting slip information regarding secret projects, so we’ll still have that going for us.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Concept:
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Concept:
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Concept: