New Husqvarna powercruiser prototype spotted testing, ready to take on Ducati Diavel.
The KTM-owned Husqvarna brand looks set to expand its forte after reported sightings of what appears to be a new powercruiser prototype. Credible sources report that Husky’s new rival to the Ducati Diavel is built based upon the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
The prototype, dubbed as the Husqvarna 1301, was spotted testing in Austria near KTM’s headquarters recently alongside the face-lifted KTM 1290 Super Duke R. You can see the spyshots online by clicking here and here.
Spyshots indicate that much of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R base bike’s mechanicals are retained such as the 1,301cc V-twin, main frame plus rear swingarm, as well as the wheels and brakes.
The Husqvarna prototype does feature new styling, a different sub-frame, a single-seat tail unit, as well as new a nee exhaust and new handlebar set. The last item, which are clip ons, resulted in the change of riding position to become more forward instead of upright.
Notably, a new rear mudguard and plate holder can be seen hanging on the swingarm instead of the shortened new tail. There’s also a larger new belly pan added to the engine.
Expect the new Husqvarna 1301 powercruiser to debut – at least in concept form that is – later this year alongside the face-lifted KTM 1290 Super Duke R at either INTERMOT or EICMA shows as well.
It looks like the Ducati Diavel will finally get a proper rival from the KTM-owned Husqvarna marque very soon indeed.