Husqvarna Svartpilen gets added bite: Spyshots reveal 890 twin-powered urban scrambler

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Husqvarna are working on a larger and more powerful version of their Svartpilen, powered by the engine from KTM’s 890 Duke and dubbed the 901.

The current 701 Svartpilen (powered by the 690 Duke unit) is a fun little bike, with its set up and style half way between scrambler and flat tracker – it’s basically a stylish single for urban riders. This new model appears to have grown up a bit and should offer broader appeal.

Just like the 901 Norden adventure bike Husky have told us about before (which is hopefully still on the way), the 901 Svartpilen is powered by the 894cc parallel twin from the 890 Duke R.

That machine makes a healthy 119bhp and 73lb.ft of torque, although it’s possible the motor will have a new tune for the Svartpilen. It also appears to share a similar chassis and swingarm, and likely the same electronics, although that’s where the similarities end.

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Up front the Svartpilen now looks to have a 19in spoked wheel, with a corresponding 17-incher at the back. The Norden and 790 Adventure both have 21/18in arrangements, suggesting this doesn’t have the same off-road intentions.

Suspension comes from WP once more and it has the same Brembo calipers. Styling takes a lift from the existing 701, with the same bulbous tank shape with flattened edges.

Husqvarna 901 Svartpilen rear

The headlight mask is new, sharing a look with both the classic BMW R80G/S PD and the Norden concept we saw last year. The large tanks of the adventure bike are gone though, suggesting the machine will be best for hooning, not cruising. The box section aluminium of the subframe is all new but this is likely to be faired in to preserve the bike’s ‘neo-retro’ style.

Assuming it gets a retuned 890 motor, we’d expect around 110bhp with 78lb.ft of torque on tap from the parallel twin engine. The chassis leans on previous designs but the wheel sizes are new, so it will have been tweaked to suit.

The 901 uses KTM’s linkage free Progressive Damping System in the rear shock, which is all new for Husky and the dash is similar to the latest unit from KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, so expect top notch electronics and rider aids.

All of this will likely come at a hefty price as Svartpilens are expensive – we’d be surprised if you see much change from £12,000. Given the early stages of this prototype, and the current global situation, it’s unlikely we’ll see this bike in its finished form before 2021.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.