Ducati has pulled the wraps off its new Multistrada V4, which will sell alongside the Multistrada 1260 and Multistrada 950 in the ADV selection of Ducatis.
On the outside, the Multistrada V4 is identical to its L-twin siblings with a bulky front profile and a short beak. Along the sides, you’ll notice it gets layered air vent slits that resemble fins that is said to improve thermal comfort and aerodynamics. The proportions have needed lots of work, in order to keep the frame within the wheelbase.
A desire for power
The V4 Granturismo engine doesn’t get the brand’s Desmodromic valves and instead uses a spring valve return system, a difference that plays a role in its service interval. The engine also been tuned to help enhance the riding experience at low revs. The Euro 5 BS6 compliant engine produces 167bhp and 125Nm of torque. The V4 Granturismo engine is lighter than the Testastretta twin-cylinder seen on the older Multistrada 1260. It is also 85mm shorter, 95mm lower and 20mm wider. The engine also features cylinder deactivation which has the rear shut off at idle, reducing the heat felt by the rider and pillion.
This is one tech-laden bike. The Inertial Measurement Unit takes care of ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control and Cornering Lights. What comes standard on the bike is Vehicle Hold Control, which helps it restart on slopes. It also features semi-active Ducati bikes Skyhook Suspension control system with Auto leveling function. We like the front and rear radar system that allows the rider to use Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection.
The Multistrada V4 employs an aluminium monocoque frame, a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel with the option of spoked wheels. The wheelbase measures at 1567mm while ground clearance of 220mm is great. It gets 170mm of suspension travel at the front and 180mm at the back. At 22 litres, fuel capacity is impressive.
The Multistrada V4 S can be had with either alloy wheels or spokes. It is also offered with new package configurations like Essential, Travel, Radar, Performance and Full. These costs of these packages can be found on the Ducati website. The bike sports an unconventional livery, a carbon-fibre front fender and an Akrapovic exhaust.
You can expect to see this beast hit international markets this month, but will arrive on Indian shores in early 2021. Expect it to cost more than the Multistrada 1260 when it goes on sale. Also, read the latest bike comparisons, only at autoX.