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Ducati have officially pulled the covers off the 2021 Multistrada V4 (again) but this time we’ve got the full details on the new bike. The latest V4 model from Bologna has been teased, trickled, leaked and spied in the media for a couple of years, but now it’s finally here in full.

Because of the long build-up, we already knew that the bike’s Granturismo V4 engine produces 168bhp at 10,500rpm and 92ft-lb of torque at 8750rpm. While this isn’t to be sniffed at, it’s a lot less power than the versions in the Panigale V4s and Streetfighter make.

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This is because the new motor has done away with Desmodromic valves in order to hit a 37,000-mile valve service interval. The Granturismo has also grown from the 1103cc unit used in those bikes to 1158cc with a 2mm increase in bore size to 83mm. Stroke is unchanged at 53.5mm.

That new engine also acts as a stressed member in an aluminium frame that does away with the old steel trellis unit. Gone too is the single-sided swingarm from the V-twin model, replaced by a redesigned double-sided alternative.

The Multistrada V4 became the first model to go into production with radar guided cruise control technology (as a £1950 option) in October, narrowly beating BMW to the claim with the 2021 R1250RT. Unlike the BMW, the Multi’ will also use a rear-facing radar unit to warn the rider of fast approaching traffic and act as a blind spot detector.

Ducati Multistrada V4 side view

You also get lean sensitive ABS, traction control and riding modes, all controlled through a new colour TFT dash (5-inch on the standard bike and 6.5-inch on the S) with full Ducati app connectivity.

With a lighter and more compact engine and that new aluminium chassis, the Multistrada V4 weighs in at 215kg (dry) which is just 3kg heavier than the 1260 in S trim.

Stopping power comes courtesy of twin Brembo radial calipers biting onto 330mm discs and a single rear, while the electronic Skyhook suspension automatically adjusts as you ride and auto levels to adapt to bike loading. The bike has 170mm of travel at the front and 180mm at the rear, a ground clearance of 220mm.

Sliding on the Ducati Multistrada V4

The Multistrada V4 is available in standard trim (which has mechanically adjustable Marzocchi suspension and M4.32 Brembos and costs £15,495), S (with Skyhook suspension and Stylema brakes costing £18,395) or S Sport for £19,995 with all the stuff the S has plus a dedicated colour scheme, Akrapovic exhaust and carbon mudguard.

The S and S Sport versions also include a cornering headlight system and their larger TFT dash doubles as a navigation screen when used in conjunction with the Ducati app. Although the radar-guided cruise control is optional on all models, the S and S Sport get traditional cruise control as standard, plus up an and down quickshifter and hill hold.

The base model comes in red only with cast wheels, you can get the S in grey or red with cast or spoked wheels and the Sport comes in a dedicated black, white, red and grey livery with your choice of wheels. The bike is available to order now.

Ducati Multistrada model specs and prices

Ducati Multistrada V4 - from £15,495

  • Available in red only with black, cast wheels
  • Ducati V4 Granturismo 1158 cc engine
  • 50mm Marzocchi adjustable fork with 170mm travel and adjustable shock with 180mm travel
  • Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II, 120/70-19” tyre on the front and 170/60-17” on the rear
  • Bosch-Brembo 10.3ME Cornering ABS system
  • 320mm front brake discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial callipers
  • Full LED headlamp with DRL system
  • Instrument panel with 5” full colour TFT screen
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) Bosch
  • Power Mode
  • Riding Mode
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO

Ducati Multistrada V4 S - from £18,395

  • Available in red or grey with cast or spoked wheels
  • Electronic semi-active Marzocchi Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution suspension system with Autoleveling function. 170mm travel front and 180mm rear
  • 330mm front brake discs with Brembo Stilema 4-piston radial callipers
  • Full LED headlamp with DRL system and Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
  • Keyless ignition
  • Instrument panel with 6,5” full colour TFT screen
  • Ducati Connect with smartphone, music, and navigator app
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
  • Cruise Control
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)

Ducati Multistrada V4 S Sport - from £19,995

  • Dedicated livery
  • Same spec as S model plus Akrapovic exhaust and carbon mudguard


Multistrada V4: Ducati ditches Desmo for new Granturismo engine

First published on 15 October, 2020 by Andy Calton

Ducati V4 Granturismo exploded

Ducati have officially unveiled the Granturismo version of their V4 engine to be used in the eagerly awaited new Multistrada V4. One of the biggest changes is a move away from Desmodromic valve actuation.

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The change comes in pursuit of reliability and long service life. The Desmo valve set-up – where the engine’s valves are closed by cam-operated rocker arms rather than springs – offers advantages in peak power but also increases wear and needs regular adjustments. Since the Multistrada V4 doesn’t prioritise power, the move to conventional valve springs makes sense.

The result is an astonishing 60,000km gap between valve adjustment services. That’s over 37,000 miles – twice as long as on any Ducati Desmo engine. Oil changes are still needed at 9000 miles or two years, with air filter replacements at 18,000 miles, but those are relatively quick, simple procedures.

Ducati V4 Granturismo engine

The engine itself grows from 1103cc to 1158cc with a 2mm increase in bore size to 83mm. Stroke is unchanged at 53.5mm. In terms of performance, the new Multistrada V4 makes 168bhp at 10,500rpm and 92ft-lb at 8750rpm. That’s more than 40hp down on the Panigale V4, but around level on torque.

The new Multistrada V4 will be fully unveiled in November, we'll bring you the full spec, detail and price when it is announced.


Radar love: Ducati confirms guided cruise control for V4 Multistrada

First published on October 6, 2020 by Ban Clarke

Ducati have announced that they have commenced production of their new Multistrada V4 - the first motorbike to feature front and rear radar. The front radar works with a new adaptive cruise control system, automatically accelerating and braking to maintain a distance to the vehicle in front.

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The rear radar unit is for blind spot detection and will also warn of vehicles approaching from behind at speed.

The race has been on to become the first manufacturer to apply radar technology to motorbikes since 2018 and we expected to see the Bosch-developed radar units appear on the 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 GT. That did not happen and in the meantime, BMW, KTM and Harley-Davidson have all announced their intention to introduce similar tech.

Rear radar unit on Ducati Multistrada V4

Ducati have adapted technology already used in their parent company's car divisions (VW Audi) for this new system, but unlike in a car, the motorbike version has to tackle the extra technical challenges presented by a vehicle leaning over.

Ducati also say the acceleration and braking parameters have been limited to allow the rider to "maintain constant control of the vehicle in any situation".  The following distance can also be adjusted in four stages and works between 30kmph-160kmph (around 18.5mph-100mph).

We’ve seen spyshots of a new V4-engined Multistrada in development and Ducati themselves have been teasing the bike’s imminent arrival on social media, but this is the first official announcement that the bike exists.

The full unveiling of the new model will take place on Wednesday, November 4 but we’ll get all the details of the engine before that on Thursday, October 15.

Keep an eye out for the full Ducati Multistrada V4 review coming soon. 


Fresh teasers suggest 170hp Ducati Multistrada V4 imminent

First published on 1 October, 2020 by Dan Sutherland

Spyshots appeared showing the Ducati Multistrada V4 in early September

Ducati have uploaded a second social media teaser for a new V4-powered model, set to be revealed on Tuesday, October 15, claiming the bike will produce 170hp (167.7bhp). 

Following sightings in early September of a near production ready model in testing, the bike in question looks to be the long-anticipated Multistrada V4, which is likely to take over from the V-Twin Multistrada 1260 already in production as the firm’s flagship adventurer. 

Uploaded to Ducati’s social media channels, the latest hint shows a close-up image of a piston alongside the words: "Power is smooth and thrilling on demand. October 15. Be ready to #ChangeParadigm."

This follows on from a post on Monday, September 28, which showed four pistons with the caption: "4 is lighter than 2. It can also be more compact. October 15. Be ready to #ChangeParadigm."

Both of these posts link to a webpage that confirms the new model to be a V4, as well as hosting four smaller hints or ‘theorems’ about the new powerplant, which are being uploaded on a weekly basis. 

Today’s teaser has been revealed to coincide with the release of the second theorem, which was revealed earlier this afternoon and states: "170 HP of pure sportiness. Powerful, smooth and always ready when needed. For a distinctive character, even more Ducati, at low, medium and high rpm."

Although not explicitly confirming the engine is for a new Multistrada the accompanying imagery of tarmac, sand and dry dirt suggest that it will be an all-terrain machine, with plenty of performance to boot – just like the current full fat Multi. Keep an eye out for more updates on MCN and read the story so far below.


New social media teaser suggests Ducati Multistrada V4 will arrive on October 15

First published on 29 September, 2020 by Dan Sutherland

4 is lighter than 2.
It can also be more compact.
October 15. Be ready to #ChangeParadigmhttps://t.co/hYosOf3zBTpic.twitter.com/KJhZgphqov

— Ducati (@DucatiMotor) September 28, 2020

Ducati have begun a fresh social media campaign that suggests a new Multistrada V4 model is just weeks away from a full reveal.

The Italian manufacturer uploaded an image of four pistons to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages on Monday, September 28, with the caption: "4 is lighter than 2. It can also be more compact. October 15. Be ready to #ChangeParadigm."

On top of that, the brief uploads also include a link to a webpage that will be populated with four smaller hints, or 'Theorems', related to the fresh engine on a week-by-week basis. The second will appear on Thursday, October 1.

On top of the weekly updates, a small paragraph at the top of the page confirms a new V4 engine that: "elevates the sportiness written in our DNA towards fresh horizons of versatility and reliability."

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With only one of four theorems currently present, details remain limited. However, there are a number of subtle hints that suggest this new engine will power a Multistrada. 

Starting with the images shown, there are two studio images of the pistons and two images of different road surfaces; one tarmac and the other dirt. This immediately suggests the new bike will feature multi-terrain capabilities, like the existing Multistrada V-twins.

What’s more, a brief caption alongside the pictures also suggests this engine platform will replace an existing one, saying: "The adaptation of V4 to a smaller bore achieves the objective of a weight reduction of 1.2 kg compared to the previous V2 generation."

With the current Multistrada 1260 powered by a 1262cc 8v V-twin, there’s every chance this is the model Ducati are referring to.

On top of these subtle teasers, we’ve previously seen countless spy shots of a V4 Multi in testing – including what appeared to be a near production-ready machine being punished off-road earlier this month (pictured above). Back in September 2019, Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali also confirmed in a tweet that we would see a V4-engined version of the Multistrada, but not before 2021.


New Ducati Multistrada V4 spied blazing a trail

First published on 11 September, 2020 by Jordan Gibbons

Ducati Multistrada V4 ridden off road

Spyshots have emerged showing Ducati’s new Multistrada V4. Spotted by an eagle-eyed local professional photographer the new machine was undergoing off-road testing at a facility near the Ducati factory. It looks like we could be just weeks away from seeing the finished bike unveiled and it looks set to be their most daring model yet.

At the core of the bike will be a V4 engine, with info from insiders close to the factory believing that its likely to be an all new engine, rather than just a detuned Panigale 1262cc motor. Simply down-tuning the Panigale motor would likely have not delivered quite the sort of ride Ducati were looking for.

The single-sided unit from the old model has been ditched in favour of a conventional twin-sided set up. This isn’t the first Multistrada with a conventional swingarm – the 950 has used one since it launched in 2016 and it’s not done that any harm.

Ducati Multistrada V4 off road with rider standing up

Also borrowed from the 950 (or 1260 Enduro) is the 19in front wheel. The standard Multistrada has been 17in from the start to support its sporty nature but there’s a big array of sticky 19in rubber available now, so there’s little benefit to keeping the adventure bike on sportsbike sized wheels.

As well as the big mechanical changes, we’re also expecting a host of new electronic goodies powered by the latest electronics package lifted from the Panigale. The only addition we imagine the Multistrada will get is cruise control radar, something they’ve told us they’ve been working on for some time.

There’s been nothing official from Ducati about the bike so far but we imagine it will be revealed in the coming months, likely at the end of October. Again there’s no word on the price yet but don’t expect much (if any) change from £20,000.

MCN will be among the first to ride this new bike, so keep an eye out for the full Ducati Multistrada V4 review coming soon. 

Ducati Multistrada V4 ridden on gravel trail


Ducati Multistrada V4 almost ready despite Covid lockdown

First published 07 July 2020 by Jordan Gibbons

Ducati Multistrada V4 spy shots

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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