The brand new Ducati Multistrada V4 is right here, in two guises: the usual mannequin, and an up-spec’d Multistrada V4 S mannequin. Though we haven’t seen Canadian pricing but, Ducati ought to have it right here in early winter.
Each fashions are primarily based across the similar 1158cc liquid-cooled V4 engine we described back in October, with 170 horsepower at 10,500 rpm, and 92 pound-feet of torque at 9,750 rpm. It’s received freakishly lengthy intervals between main upkeep, at 60,000 kilometres between main engine servicing. It’s received a six-speed gearbox, will include a number of engine modes to optimize energy supply and output to driving situations, and it even has rear cylinder deactivation for stoplights.
That’s all a giant step up from the outdated 1200 L-twin, however Ducati’s electronics package deal is arguably greater information. Inventory, the bike comes with the standard IMU-managed rider aids: leaning-sensitive ABS and traction management, wheelie management, and cornering lights and hill begin help for the S mannequin. However, should you pay additional, you will get the bike with forward- and rear-facing radar, which powers an adaptive cruise management system, in addition to blind spot detection and rear collision warning. Bosch partnered with Ducati on the design for these techniques.
None of this comes as a shock; we truly anticipated this technique on final yr’s final-edition Multistrada, and related gear has been out there on automobiles for years. BMW introduced an identical adaptive cruise management system as non-compulsory for its 2021 R1250 RT, and has included blind spot warnings on previous European editions of the C650 GT maxi-scooter. Nonetheless, it’s good to see the expertise is lastly right here.
The Multistrada V4 has a five-inch TFT display, and the S mannequin has a 6.5-inch TFT display. A Ducati app lets you hyperlink a cell machine to the TFT display for infotainment functions, together with navigation.
Each variations of the bike get an aluminum body and double-sided swingarm with solid wheels (19-inch entrance, 17-inch rear). Nonetheless, spoked wheels, preferable for unpaved driving, are non-compulsory for the S mannequin; pair that with the 19-inch entrance, and the S mannequin does certainly appear to be a greater offroader, as Ducati claims.
The machines ship with a 22-litre gasoline tank as normal. The S mannequin weighs 243 kilograms on the curb, and the usual V4 Multistrada is 240 kilograms on the curb.
Why the distinction? It’s principally due to the suspension; each bikes have fully-adjustable forks and shock, however the S mannequin comes with semi-active Skyhook suspension, which provides weight.
Each bikes have 170 millimetres of entrance wheel journey, and 180 millimetres rear wheel journey. Ducati claims 220 millimetres’ floor clearance. The usual Multistrada has 320-millimetre brake discs up entrance, with Brembo calipers; the V4 S has 330-millimetre discs and Brembo Stylema calipers.
The usual seat is adjustable between 840 and 860 millimetres, however should you purchase non-compulsory Low or Excessive seats, you possibly can prolong that vary between 810 and 875 millimetres.
Talking of add-ons: After all, each machines can have non-compulsory carbon-fibre bits, baggage and rather more out there once they hit dealerships. The S mannequin is available in a Sport variant that sounds prefer it needs to be scorching stuff, and there are Journey, Radar, Journey & Radar and Full packages for all of the fashions. No less than, that’s what they’re calling them now. Once more, we don’t have Canadian pricing but, and a few of these particulars could also be fine-tuned when the bikes get right here.