Ducati Multistrada V4 almost ready despite Covid lockdown

A side view of the Ducati Multistrada V4 spied in testing
A side view of the Ducati Multistrada V4 spied in testing
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More spyshots have emerged of Ducati testing a Multistrada V4, which suggest that despite Coronavirus delays, plans are still in the works to have the bike ready this year.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the model, in fact Ducati themselves have talked about a V4 Multistrada for some time, but this is the closest thing we’ve seen to a production- ready machine.

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As the name suggests, the old V-twin is out in favour of a V4 motor – most likely the version fitted to the new Streetfighter. It’s probably had another little re-tune for an even fatter midrange but we’d still expect the engine to break the 200bhp barrier. That new motor is also a likely explanation for the chassis changes.

The steel trellis frame remains, but up front the V4 Multistrada has a 19in wheel, like the 950, rather than a 17in wheel of the 1260. This could be an element of Ducati wanting to fit in (virtually all the major adventure bikes have 19in front wheels) but it could also be about shifting the extra weight of the new engine further back.

Also carried over from the Multistrada 950, rather than the 1260, is the double-sided swingarm. There are plenty of possible reasons why Ducati have done this including weight, stiffness and handling as well as fitment issues.

The big leap forward in the bike is likely to be in the electronics. We can see there’s a brand new and much bigger full-colour TFT dash. This should bring Ducati up to date as the old model was lagging a little in this department.

The cornering lights have moved from the 'face' area down into the bodywork, which is wider anyway because of the new engine. This has freed up space for the radar unit between the lights, which will be used in the adaptive cruise control (something also recently discussed by BMW).

There’s been no official word from Ducati about when we expect the bike to arrive but assuming they keep to their traditional schedule, we should see this machine before the end of the year as a 2021 model.

A rear view of the Ducati Multistrada V4

Ducati Multistrada V4 explored:

  • Wheely big Fitting a 19in lifts the front and puts the weight further back, as well as. working better off-road. There’s very little handing trade-off.
  • What’s next? With no 17in wheeled tourer left, it leaves you wondering if Ducati have a new sports-touring 'STV4' up their sleeve...
  • Heads up The new dash will help with fancy functions, such as the new adaptive cruise control, but will likely also work with navigation.
  • New shocks? This model has conventional suspension but there will almost certainly be an S-model with semi-active kit fitted.
  • Cheap at half The new V4 Multistrada is unlikely to be cheap especially with the fancy kit – don’t expect much (or any) change from £20k.


Four on tour: Spyshots show Ducati's Multistrada V4 is almost finished

First published on March 17 by Jordan Gibbons

Ducati Multistrada V4 spied in testing

New spyshots have emerged that finally confirm Ducati are working on a V4 Multistrada and it appears to be nearly ready. As well as a new engine, the machine has a new chassis and a full suite of electronics – but let’s start where it all happens and look at the new motor.

The new engine appears to have been taken straight out of the Streetfighter V4, suggesting it’s the 1103cc Stradale motor. Chances are they’ve altered the tune a bit (just like they did when the motor moved from the Panigale) but we’d still expect peak power of nearly 200bhp and around 90ftlb torque.

Either way, the new Multi is likely to take the crown of the most powerful adventure bike out there. Paired with the new motor is a brand new chassis. Gone is the steel trellis mainframe with cast subframe, in favour of a cast mainframe with a steel trellis subframe.

The subframe decision is likely for style as well as strength, while the frame design supports that motor as well as the new swingarm. Previous spyshots have shown the bike with a single-sided swingarm just like the current model, however it’s clear the new one has a double-sided unit.

Ducati Multistrada V4 spied in testing

It’s not obvious why Ducati would make such a change however the most likely reason is packaging – simply fitting a V4 motor, Euro5 catalytic convert plus electronic suspension into an off-road friendly set-up could have been one issue too many.

The other big new feature Ducati are testing is radar cruise control. The big box stuffed between the headlights enables the bike to speed up and slow down with traffic. This was expected to debut on numerous bikes this year but the delay from every manufacturer suggests there was an issue with the device from supplier Bosch.

We’d expect Ducati to unveil the finished machine at the Eicma motorcycle show in November but with the factory currently closed because of coronavirus it may end up slightly delayed.


No Ducati Multistrada V4 model until 2021

First published: 18 September 2019 by Jordan Gibbons

Claudio Domenicali

 

Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali has confirmed in a tweet that we will see a V4-engined version of the Multistrada, but not until 2021.

We saw spy shots in early September 2019 of a Multistrada 1260GT with radar-guided cruise control, which uses the firm’s existing 1260cc V-twin engine, strengthening our suspicions that the V4 version would not be a 2020 model.

And now Domenicali has confirmed the news at the end of a tweet celebrating the delivery of the 100,000th Multistrada to a customer in Germany.

The tweet read: "Multistrada production reached 100.000! I personally delivered it to a German Ducatista, Dave Hayard. Since 2003 Multistrada was developed to the current 1260 and 950, that with 30.000 km valve service interval are the most reliable of all times. No Multistrada V4 before 2021!"

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.