Husqvarna has developed its first purpose-built street bike engine since the company was acquired by BMW.
Husqvarna has confirmed development of a 900cc Twin to power new street bikes. The new engine project is the company’s first powerplant developed since the Swedish-turned-Italian marque was acquired by BMW.
Husky engineers worked with BMW’s engine development team in Munich to expand on the F800 Twin – specifically the Parallel Twin powering the F800R naked. The team upped displacement to 900cc which, as the company’s press announcement describes, “allows a reasonable increase in power and torque.”
Other than the headlining displacement boost, the only specific changes mentioned are revisions to the air box and exhaust layouts, which promise to reduce weight. Visually, the new engine gets a Husky nameplate slapped on the cases and the distinctive red cam covers found on many of the brands dirt offerings.
Husqvarna has hinted at its street intentions the past few years, at least based off its bike show concepts. It released probably the most unexpected prototype at the 2010 EICMA show with its Mille 3. Powered by a 933cc Triple, the Mille 3 made use of three Husky Singles engineered into a Vee configuration. The company also debuted a more conventionally Single-powered concept in 2008, though the styling was far from conventional. Dubbed the SMQ, the dirt tracker-ish model featured a 450 stamp on the engine case and utilized a swingarm pivot similar to the BMW G450X motocrosser.
So what exactly will Husqvarna develop with the new 900 platform? The company’s current street offerings have been limited solely to supermotard versions of its dirt offerings. One tasty rumor pitches a mid-size Husky adventure-tourer, though that would compete directly with one of BMW’s most successful models in the F800GS. A street bike along the links of its F800R progenitor seem likely.