Monday, November 11, 2013

Husqvarna 701 concept shown at the EICMA

Another cool concept from Husqvarna, but no clear indication of future product strategy from the Swedish company...

Continuing their much-loved tradition of showing wacky concepts (Strada, MOAB, E-go, Mille3 and SMQ) at the EICMA, Husqvarna peeled back the covers on the supermotard-style 701 concept, which is, according to the company, “an acknowledgment to the past and a signal to the future of Husqvarna.” And while we don’t really know what to make of that, the press note also says that the Husqvarna 701 “incorporates all the major design cues of a premium product with clear Swedish genes. It is a glimpse of the future Husqvarna design direction, the philosophy that future Husqvarna’s will follow, where the surfaces of the bodywork are understated, focusing on simplicity.”

Interesting bits on the bike include an LED headlamp, a fully integrated exhaust system and a cleverly constructed tail section that incorporates the bike’s fuel tank. The Huqvarna 701 is powered by a liquid-cooled 690cc four-stroke single that produces 75bhp and the chrome-molybdenum trellis type chassis is said to be light and strong. High-spec WP chassis components and Brembo brakes complete the package. It’s a cool concept alright, just don’t expect to see anything like this at your friendly neighbourhood Husqvarna showroom at any time in the near future…

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