Crystal ball 2012: Husqvarna

Range of models planned for the new 900cc engine

We exclusively revealed last autumn that Husqvarna would have a new street bike range topped by a 900cc parallel twin machine in 2012 – and now it's all been officially confirmed.

As we suggested, the big engine will be based on the Rotax-made parallel twin used in BMW's F800, reworked and bored out to turn it into a 900.

The first machine will be a naked street bike, with two versions on offer, and in following years we'll see a range of other models around the same powerplant.

Massimo Granata, General Manager at HVUK Ltd: "We are very excited about the future for Husqvarna. Thanks to the massive resources BMW is able to put in place, Husqvarna will benefit from their R&D capabilities and expertise to launch a new breed of road motorcycles that will hit UK showrooms over the next few years. The first bike to be launched using the new 900cc power plant will be a naked street bike in both 'factory' and standard versions. The bike will retain the distinctive Husqvarna aggressive lines, performance and balance. The same power plant will then be the base for other exciting new Husqvarna models that will be launched in the years to come."

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