Ducati has confirmed the upcoming arrival of its new Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour – a feature-packed touring variant that will hit Australian showrooms in the first quarter of 2024 priced from $45,200 rideaway.
The Grand Tour sits above the entry-level V4 ($31,300) and up-spec V4 S ($36,400), as well as the off-road-focussed V4 Rally ($41,400), but just below the high-performance Pikes Peak ($46,900) in the brand’s full-size adventure bike line-up.
Billed as a “fully optioned” Multistrada variant, the V4 S Grand Tour gains a raft of technology and standard equipment upgrades over the current range, including radar-based adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.
The Grand Tour is also distinguished by hard panniers (60L) which match the bike’s black and grey livery, as well as a centre stand, additional LED lights, a keyless fuel cap, heated grips and heated rider and pillion seats.
As adopted from the Multistrada V4 Rally, the Grand Tour’s handlebars are mounted rigidly on the steering head to aid riding feeling, while the seat is also borrowed and heat shields have been added to the swingarm and subframe to keep adverse heat away from the rider.
Also new is a low preload function, similar to that found on the incoming Triumph Tiger 1200 and Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, allowing the seat height to automatically lower when the bike comes to a stop.
As before, the Multistrada family is powered by an 1158cc V4 engine generating 125kW and 125Nm which is matched with an advanced six-axis rider mode suite, electronic semi-active suspension and a fully connected 6.5-inch TFT dash.
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