has unveiled the new Multistrada V4 to the world during the first episode of
the Ducati World Première web series.
18 years, over 110,000 units have been produced and since its inception in 2003
it has been able to evolve, expanding its scope of use. The first Multistrada
was a sports bike, with good torque and mainly suitable for road use. The 2010
version was the first “four bikes in one”, the first bike in the world with
Riding Mode. In 2015, however, the first engine equipped with variable timing
was presented, which improved the smoothness of delivery.
design work done on the Multistrada V4 is extremely functional to its technical
spirit and has given rise to a solid, robust, yet refined aesthetic result.
Ducati designers have worked on the proportions and compactness of the
motorcycle body within the wheelbase, to favour the perfect combination of form
and function. This fact is immediately noticeable by the predominant volumes on
the front with muscular but sexy lines to integrate the 22-litre tank, combined
with the slim rear that allows an optimal riding position even when standing in
off-road sections. The study of the aerodynamic flows was aimed at guaranteeing
the maximum possible comfort for the rider.
engine is the real beating heart of this bike: the V4 Granturismo. Lightweight
(66.7 kg) and compact, it has a lot of punch but proves to be exceptionally
smooth and fluid at low revs, with a lot of backbone in the mid-range and
exciting at high revs. The V4 Granturismo has a displacement of 1,158 cc and
delivers 170 hp at 10,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm (12.7 kgm) at
8,750 rpm. In addition, adopting this engine allows for a significant
lengthening of maintenance intervals: on the Multistrada V4 the oil change is
scheduled every 15,000 km, while valve clearance check and eventual adjustment
is required every 60,000 km. No bike in production goes that far.
electronic package of the Multistrada V4 is the state of the art in the
motorcycle sector for safety, comfort, performance, and connectivity. The
inertial platform (IMU) manages the operation of ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie
Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), here in "cornering"
version and, on the Multistrada V4 S, the Cornering Lights (DCL).
standard on the Multistrada V4 S is Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), which makes it
easy to restart on sloping roads. On the Multistrada V4 S, the inertial
platform also communicates continuously with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook
Suspension (DSS) control system with Autoleveling function.
the Multistrada V4, Ducati also introduces an absolute first in the world of
motorcycles: the revolutionary front and rear radar system, which allows the
use of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). Radars are
advanced auxiliary systems that Ducati has developed together with a top-level
technological partner such as Bosch and are able to support and make riding
more comfortable thanks to the ability to reconstruct the reality surrounding
Multistrada V4 is equipped with an aluminium monocoque frame, 19-inch front
wheel and double-sided swingarm, capable of accommodating spoked wheels. It has
a limited wheelbase (1,567 mm), a sporty front end, suspension with large
travel (170 mm front wheel and 180 mm rear wheel), ground clearance of 220 mm
and a dry weight of 215 kg. All this allows the Multistrada V4 to be intuitive
and effective around the corners like a real Ducati and at the same time easy
to ride and versatile for both on-road and off-road use.
the aim of making long motorway journeys more comfortable, Ducati engineers
paid great attention during the design and development phase to what in the
automotive world is called Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH), or rather the
measure of the general level of comfort of the vehicle.
this sense, a careful aerodynamic study – also in the wind tunnel – was carried
out to obtain the best possible protection for the rider and passenger from the
air, reduce hissing noises and divert the heat coming from the engine away from
the rider's legs. The result is a Plexiglas screen with a new shape, adjustable
in height with a single finger, associated with two side deflectors. The shapes
of the hand guards and the parts most exposed to the air have been studied in
detail, as well as the "sound" of the engine, which is refined but
always present and with the Ducati tone.
V4 Granturismo engine also adopts the strategy of deactivating the rear bank at
idle. In this way, when the bike is stopped at the traffic lights, the rear
bank is deactivated (there is no combustion in the cylinders), thus improving
the thermal comfort of the rider and passenger thanks to a lowering of the
temperature and reducing the fuel consumption.
Multistrada V4 has many different configuration possibilities to meet the needs
of the most diverse customers. The standard V4 model is available in red and
represents the version dedicated to those who love the 170 hp engine and 215 kg
central model of the range, the V4 S, is available in "Aviator Grey"
colour as well as in red. The Ducati Multistrada V4 S can be ordered with both
alloy wheels and spoked wheels. For this motorcycle, Ducati has thought of a
new package of configurations that can be ordered directly from the factory
(Essential, Travel, Radar, Performance, Full). It is already possible to view
all the configuration options in the dedicated section of the Ducati website.
third version is the Multistrada V4 S Sport, which offers a particularly bold
dedicated livery and the standard Performance package with Akrapovic exhaust
and carbon front fender. The new Ducati Multistrada V4 will be available in
Ducati global dealerships from the end of November.
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