March 06, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2021 Husqvarna 200 Svartpilen

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If you don’t require highway travel and you will spend more time on less desirable road surfaces then the new Husqvarna 200 Svartpilen could be the premium utility bike for you. It has all the visual aesthetics and a chunk of the dynamic abilities of the 400 Svartpilen but at lower price of P175,000.00, a huge difference of P120,000.00. Will you be satisfied though? As usual that answer truly depends on the rider’s needs, level of experience, and financial capacity.

The 200 Svartpilen’s (“Black Arrow”) three most obvious physical differences from the excellent 401 are: a) the small discrete exhaust system that looks like it could be used for one of Husqvarna’s industrial machines like a lawnmower or stump grinder, b) the tires are the same sizes (110/70 ZR17 front & 150/60 ZR17 rear) but are a set of MRF REVZ-D not Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, and c) the tank moniker boldly states that it is not a 401 but a Svartpilen model. It is still a fairly fun and good-looking entry-level scrambler but given that the weight difference between the 401 and 200 is only 5 kilos (11 pounds) and you give up 18 healthy horsepower and 12.6 lb-ft of torque, it is not as compelling an argument.

I like that most of the hardware is shared with the 401 which is bittersweet but would I choose the 200 Svartpilen over the 2021 KTM 200 Duke? For a price difference of P6,000.00 between the updated KTM 200 Duke and the Husqvarna 200 Svartpilen I would still lean on the Husky because of its distinctive looks and its semi-offroad ability.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Single-cylinder, Liquid cooled with thermo fan
Displacement 199 cc
Cylinder Head DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel Injector EFI
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 26 bhp @ 10000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 14.4 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed MT

Performance

Top Speed 128 km/h (80 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 8.7 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 3.1L/100km overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 175,000.00
What's Great Beautiful details, character, scrambler ability.
What's Not So Not as dynamically compelling as its 401 stablemates.
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
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