Husqvarna goes electric at EICMA, reveals production Svartpilen 701, Vitpilen 701 Aero concept

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 06 Nov 2018

Husqvarna Motorcycles,which designs, engineers, manufactures and sells motocross, enduro, supermoto and street motorcycles, has made its entry into the world of electric two-wheelers. The company today showcased the production Svartpilen 701 and Vitpilen 701 Aero concept models, while also unveiling the EE 5 electric minicycle at EICMA 2018.

The all-new Svartpilen 701 production model marks the next step in Husqvarna Motorcycles’ return to the street. It is a modern and innovative naked bike completely free of excess that aims to appeal to an entirely new generation of motorcycle users. Meanwhile, the Vitpilen 701 Aero concept model pays tribute to an iconic era of motorcycling. Contrasting the lines of a classic faired racer with modern styling, it is a high-performance concept machine that offers a more race-oriented glimpse on Husqvarna Motorcycles’ future steps in the street segment.

And drawing on Husqvarna’s rich history in top-level motocross competition, the EE 5 is an electric minicycle that features a 5 kW electric motor and is designed for aspiring young riders starting out in the exciting world of dirt biking. 

Svartpilen 701: Husqvarna says the Svartpilen 701 street explorer is a flat-track-inspired machine created for the new generation of freethinking motorcyclists. Devoid of any excess, it appeals to riders less interested in the hype and overstatement of modern day motorcycling – those who prefer a simpler, timeless design. It is powered by a lightweight, 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that offers output of 75 hp [power] and 72.0 Nm [torque]. Featuring the latest technology in terms of design and electronics, the engine combines optimum reliability with unmatched riding efficiency.

The lightweight and powerful engine is housed within a stripped-down chassis and bodywork layout to provide a raw and authentic riding experience. Using high-grade chromium molybdenum steel, the trellis frame provides precise handling and ultimate confidence in all riding conditions. With the Svartpilen 701 featuring high quality and fully-adjustable WP suspension, exceptional stopping power is guaranteed by the combination of Brembo brakes with Bosch’s latest ABS system.

Vitpilen 701 Aero concept: This is a modern faired sport bike with an innovative design approach that pays its respect to the past. Built around a modern single-cylinder engine with an elevated power output, it features a sporty look that hints at the potential for a more performance-oriented future for Husqvarna Motorcycles’ street range. Featuring a lower and more locked-in position, the Svartpilen 701 offers a fully immersive riding experience. Combining an appealing classic design with thrilling performance, it aims to deliver an experience that recaptures the pure exhilaration of riding a motorcycle.

EE 5All-new for MY20, the EE 5 is Husqvarna Motorcycles’ first step into the fast-paced world of electric motorcycles. Dedicated to young and aspiring riders, it combines the latest in high-quality componentry with a design that shows it's a Husqvarna. Fully adaptable and adjustable, it is an easy-to-use minicycle that allows up and coming riders to enter the exciting world of offroad motorcycling with confidence. The new EE 5 machine will be available at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers during mid-2019. 

The EE 5's highlights include a state-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance; 6 different ride modes; 907 Wh Li-ion battery; quick charging; high-end chassis with race proven technology; ergonomic bodywork and adjustable seat height; and WP suspension offering advanced performance and control 

All three new machines are on display alongside the updated collection of dedicated street clothing and accessories, and full line-up of motocross, supermoto and enduro machines, on the Husqvarna Motorcycles booth, Hall 13, Booth I-86.

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