Ducati reveals variable valve timing DVT system

Ducati has revealed technical details of a new variable valve system called Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) which will be fitted to the all-new Multistrada 1200 due for an official launch in two weeks.

The DVT system is the first time variable valve technology has been seen on a V-twin engine. Ducati isn’t confirming the technology will be fitted to the Multistrada at this stage but MCN insiders have confirmed this is happening and that bike, along with a heavily revised 1299 Panigale superbike range, will be launched at the Milan motorcycle show on November 3.

Ducati’s press information states: “Ducati presents the first motorcycle engine with variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Named Ducati Testastretta DVT, Desmodromic Variable Timing, Ducati’s new Desmodromic engine is the first in the world with variable timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts, leading the way for a whole new generation of such engines.

“The innovative, new design overcomes an engineering gap in current production motorcycle engines and underlines Ducati’s strength in developing ground-breaking engine and motorcycle technologies.

“The variable timing system is able to continuously adjust valve timing, by acting independently on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

“The system optimises engine performance throughout the rev range and in any operating condition, to guarantee the highest power, smooth delivery, muscular torque at low rpm and reduced fuel consumption.

“With full Euro 4 compliance, DVT sets a new standard in the combination of power, delivery and usability of motorcycle engines.”

Ducati Testastretta DVT engine characteristics

• Brand-new DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) system
• Bore 106 mm, stroke 67.9 mm
• Capacity 1,198 cm³
• Max power 160 HP at 9,500 rpm
• Max torque 136 Nm at 7,500 rpm
• Desmodromic distribution
• Dual Spark (DS) ignition
• Anti-knock sensor
• Euro 4 compliant

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter