Gas Gas Acquires Rights for Pre-2013 Husqvarna Engines

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After merging with trial bike manufacturer Ossa, Spanish Gas Gas is making another interesting move and buys the rights for Husqvarna’s pre-2013 engines. That is, the ones developed under BMW ownership, prior to Husqvarna being handed over to KTM CEO’s Pierer Industries AG.
It looks like Stefan Pierer did not buy everything there was up for grabs at Husqvarna’s, and left the engines as an intellectual and copyright property to a new company called Moto Italia. After Husky changed hands, Pierer decided that the new bikes will only be powered by KTM and Husaberg (also under KTM umbrella) engines, leaving the old designs up for sale to whomever was interested.

And since Ossa and gas Gas figured out that they stand better chances together if they wanted to make it through these rather dark economic ages, acquiring some proven engine designs, at least as a solid base to build upon seems a good idea.

There is no word on whether the BMW Motorrad-designed engines which used to power Husqvarna’s 450cc line-up (derived from the G450X) and the F800GS one which was later fitted to the Nuda 900 are part of the deal, but chances that BMW sold them are close to zero.

Now, we’re looking forward to see whether Gas Gas will simply rebuild these engines and use them as they are, or derive new power units based on the Husqvarna ones. Either way, neat things are expected from Gas Gas' Salt factory near Girona, Spain.

Via enduro360
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