Get a closer look at the upcoming next generation KTM Duke 390 and Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 together
KTM’s next-gen 390 Duke has been aggressively road testing and plenty of spy pictures of it have been floating around the internet. A new set of embarrassing shots have popped up online showing the motorcycle going head-to-head with its Swedish cousin, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401. Let us check the details of each bike separately.
Starting with the Duke, it has a more aggressive aesthetic compared to the current-gen model; KTM has managed to elevate an already formidable figure. Images of the undisguised models are already available online, so we know the final design. Interestingly, the Duke is available in two striking color variants – Orange with Black and Orange with Blue – showcasing its vibrant personality.
Similar to the current-gen model, the next-gen 390 Duke will also be loaded with electronics – a full-digital TFT instrument console, switchable ABS and traction control. Apart from that, it also gets adjustable USD front forks, thus allowing riders to choose comfort and handling. Adjustable front suspension is only available on the top variant.
Moving on to the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401, the test mule sported alloy wheels. This is interesting because only the current generation Witpilan gets alloys, not the Swartpilan. Also, the test model did not have a bash plate, but it does have a split-seat configuration. Instead of a circular instrument console, a rectangular TFT unit looks more Duke-like. However, the compact and minimal design theme is maintained here.
Given these new updates, the prices of the 390 Duke and Svartpilen 401 are likely to increase significantly compared to their current models. The KTM is priced at Rs 2.97 lakh, while the Husqvarna is priced at Rs 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom price, New Delhi). The recent launch of the Triumph Speed 400 has created a lot of pressure, so we might see KTM try to go affordable by launching the 390 Duke in multiple variants, similar to the 390 Adventure.
Regarding the launch timeline, the next generation 390 Duke KTM is expected to be unveiled at this year’s EICMA show in Milan in November 2023, followed by an Indian launch soon after. The new Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is expected to arrive in mid-2024. Both the bikes will go up against BMW G310R, QJ Motor SRK 400 and Bajaj Dominar 400.