Husqvarna Unveils F800-Derived Engine for Future Street Bikes

Husqvarna Unveils F800-Derived Engine for Future Street Bikes

Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled a new 900cc engine based on BMW’s F800 that will power a series of new road bikes to be launched in the near future. These motorcycles, which have been designed and developed by teams of engineers from both manufacturers, represent a significant milestone in Husqvarna’s long history. Together with BMW Motorrad, Husqvarna collaborated on the bike from the first sketch, and both parties agreed that for the project to be a success, engine set-up should be of paramount importance. This led to the decision to take the reliable and technologically advanced 800cc twin-cylinder engine from the BMW F800 series and adapt it to the specific needs of the new bike.

From left: Norbert Gatzka, Technical designer responsible for new BMW/Husqvarna engine; Ralf Kleid, Head of Husqvarna R&D engine department; Ralf Mölleken, project leader for powertrain at BMW Motorrad.

The development process was driven by an appreciation for the quality of this 800cc engine, together with a need to incorporate the sporting characteristics Husqvarna machines are known for. This led to the engine capacity being increased to 900cc and the reworking of many main components. The result is an increase in both power and torque which translates into an enjoyable riding experience.

“In developing this street bike, we’ve managed to combine some of the best elements of the BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna brands,” says Martino Bianchi, coordinator of PR and racing activities at Husqvarna. “Not only does it benefit from world-beating technology, but this engine will power a machine with soul. Yes, you get a great performance, but it is also fun to ride. This is the first time the motorcycling world has been able to see what BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna can achieve with a collaboration like this and we know riders will be as excited as we are.”

Norbert Gatzka and Wolfgang Mattes, head of BMW Motorrad's engine R&D department.

The development of the 900cc engine drew not only on the know-how of both companies, but on the expert contribution of former F1 engineers. Not least in the air-box and exhaust layouts, which have been designed to create the optimum balance of performance and functionality in terms of weight reduction and mass distribution. The affect this has in terms of engine characteristics is remarkable. Power delivery is linear at low rpm, yet strong and outstanding at high revs.

This new engine is one of the first steps in demonstrating the synergy between BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna for the development of street bikes.

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