Ducati will release a brand new version of the Multistrada later this year but, for the time being at least, it will not be a V4. Instead the new model, dubbed the 1260GT, will be a high-specification tourer that will sit at the top of the Multistrada tree as the pinnacle of touring excellence.
The existence of the bike, along with the rest of the Ducati range, has been confirmed by the American Environmental Protection Agency.
The figures given say the bike will be as near as makes no difference the same weight and dimensions as a current Multi, suggesting the GT will be an accessorized version of a current model.
As well as the usual touring kit we also expect the 1260GT to debut new technology: radar-controlled cruise control. Ducati have previously announced they are working on the technology, stating their intention to be the first to market.
"With the radar systems we are pushing hard to be the first and we should succeed," Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati told us in February. "We were the first people who started this investigation with a university [in 2014] and we are now trying to be first in the market. We don’t want to be followers."
It was assumed it would debut on a V4 Multistrada but with KTM shortly to unveil their radar equipped 1290, it seems it’s a race to get it in dealerships. Given the reapplication of the full range, it’s possible this signals a new direction for the V4 Multistrada.
Given the popularity of sporty adventure bikes and sports tourers, we expect a V4 Multistrada to be more sports focused than adventure focused. If an adventure tourer with a superbike engine sounds like a familiar winning combination, that’s because BMW have been doing it for years with the S1000XR.
We expect Ducati to unveil the 1260GT in October with the model arriving in dealerships by the spring.
Ducati Multistrada 1260GT highlights
Straight to the top
The current top of the tree is the Pikes Peak model however given that the V4 Streetfighter replaced it for the race, and following the death of Carlin Dunne, we expect this model to be retired.
All seeing eye
The radar unit, manufacturer by Bosch, will allow the bike to moderate its speed in traffic when the cruise control is applied.
As the GT name implies we expect the new model to be fully loaded with panniers, top box, heated grips, electronic suspension and all the usual touring comforts.
He’s behind you
As well as helping to modulate speed, a second rear facing radar will warn the rider of vehicles in the blind spot or approaching quickly from the rear.
Nothing for free
Given the high-specification that’s expected the GT is likely to sell for around, or perhaps even in excess of, £20,000.
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