The original Multistrada hit the markets 18 years ago, and in that time it has sold 110,000 units. Now Ducati is introducing the fourth generation of the wildly successful motorcycle, incorporating new technology that will ensure this bike’s success as well, especially as it appears that Ducati is targeting a new market of a more general sport-touring enthusiast.
Powering the Ducati Multistrada V4 is a 1,158cc Granturismo V4. This engine comes without the desmodromic valve train, but it still produces 170 horsepower and 92.2 lb-ft of torque. Even with all that power, the engine is two pounds lighter than the Testastretta DVT 1260cc V-twin engine that powered the previous version of the Multistrada. That smaller size means that the engine can be located in a more optimal place, creating a more proper weight bias and more neutral handling. Yet even with all that the engine has to offer, it still adheres to the Euro 5 emissions standards.
Strategically placed venting helps to improve heat dissipation for the engine. Keeping all that power in check is a six-axis Bosch inertial measurement unit that serves as the basis for the electronic rider aid package, which also includes the Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, and Cornering ABS function. Ducati also added in Cornering Lights, Vehicle Hold Control, and the bi-directional Ducati Quick Shifter.
Ducati is offering the bike in three different versions: the standard Multistrada V4, the Multistrada V4 S, and the Multistrada V4 S Sport. Ducati paired up with Bosch to create a new radar system for the Multistrada V4 S models, which makes adaptive cruise control possible as well as blind spot detection. In addition to that, the top two versions also include Ducati’s Skyhook and an auto-levelling system.
You can also request the Enduro, Touring, Urban, Performance, and Travel accessory packs. The Multistrada V4 starts at $19,995 and goes up from there depending on what version and what accessory packs you select.