Ducati has officially announced the new Monster 1200R launched last week is just one of nine new models for 2016 – with the firm due to enter two new motorcycle segments.
The new Monster 1200R was shown last week and was heralded as the most power naked bike ever built by the Italian firm.
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Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said: “The year 2016 will see continued growth at Ducati. No less than nine new models, including the just-unveiled Monster 1200 R, will be joining the 2016 range. Never before has Ducati presented so many new bikes and EICMA will provide the perfect platform on which to show them to all to our enthusiastic customers.
“Two of these will take us into segments in which we’re currently not present and this is going to be one of the greatest challenges of 2016: to extend the Ducati hallmarks of style and performance to motorcyclists who were – until now – beyond our reach.
“Following a highly positive 2015, we look to the future with optimism and confidence. Given the results achieved during the first six months of the year, with 22% growth and 32,600 bikes delivered, we can already state that 2015 will see us attain another absolute record as we expect - for the very first time in our company’s history - to break through the symbolic barrier of 50,000 bikes sold before the end of the year.
“Nevertheless, our main goal is not so much the pursuit of ever-greater volumes but, rather, to keep on surprising our customers with awe-inspiring bikes. The increase in sales is simply a consequence of just how incredibly well-received our products are - products that stem from implementing strategies that are in keeping with our identity, looking to new markets and taking on tough new challenges every day”.
So what will we see from Ducati over the coming months?
Ducati won’t talk details but last week’s range-topping Monster, the 1200R, is the first of the models to be officially unveiled, while a family of rumoured larger-capacity Scrambler models now seems certain based on insider information and confirmation from Domenicali’s previous comments to MCN.
In addition, a belt-drive feet-forward Diavel Custom – revealed in MCN last month – is expected to enter the family, along with DVT engines for the other Diavel models.
A revised 899 Panigale is also expected to debut – possibly joined by an S model – before the end of the year, along with the return of a Pikes Peak Multistrada, and rumours that there may be a new homologation Panigale R.