Following a lengthy teaser campaign, Ducati has lifted the covers from its all-new Multistrada V4 range, consolidating its adventure bike line-up to three primary V4-powered variants: V4, V4 S and V4 S Sport.
Ducati’s local arm expects the Multistrada V4 range to arrive in the first quarter of 2021, with pricing starting at $28,990 rideaway for the base V4.
Meanwhile, the V4 S will check in from $35,990 to $39,690, depending on which package is selected, while the V4 S Sport tops the range from $36,790-$40,690.
From standard, the bike is equipped with a new 1158cc V4 Granturismo engine delivering 125kW and 125Nm, which is backed up by a comprehensive advanced rider assistance suite.
Managed in this suite is cornering ABS, wheelie control, lean-angle sensitive traction control, as well as vehicle hold control and Ducati’s auto-levelling adaptive Skyhook Suspension on higher-spec variants.
The Ducati Multistrada V4 is also positioned to be the first production motorcycle with a front and rear radar system, allowing features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.
A new aluminium monocoque frame hosts a 19-inch front wheel, while the Marzocchi suspension provides travel of 170mm at the front, and 180mm at the rear.
Other important tech specs include its ground clearance of 220mm, fuel capacity of 22 litres and dry weight of 215 kilograms in standard trim.
Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 tyres are fitted as standard, while braking is handled by four-piston Brembo callipers squeezing 320mm discs at the front.
Touring comfort is also bolstered by a large TFT display with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity options, among many features and settings, and Ducati engineers are said to have significantly improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Ducati has positioned the V4 S to be the volume seller, with the mid-spec variant benefiting from a number of advancements over the standard bike.
Stepping up to the V4 S variant provides customers the choice of both alloy and spoked wheels, electronic Marzocchi suspension, an Aviator Grey colour scheme, full LED lighting with cornering lights, a hands-free ignition, up/down quickshifter, cruise control, vehicle hold control, and a larger 6.5-inch TFT display.
Meanwhile, the range-topping V4 S Sport gains a dedicated livery, a ‘Performance’ package, an Akrapovic exhaust system and carbon-fibre front guard.
Ducati says that adopting the new V4 engine has significantly benefitted the bike’s touring capabilities as it increases its required oil change interval to 15,000 kilometres, while a valve clearance check is now required every 60,000 kilometres.
For more information on the new Ducati Multistrada range, click here.
Ducati Multistrada V4 2021 Australia pricing
Multistrada V4 – $28,990 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S – $33,490 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S – Travel Package – $35,990 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S – Travel + Radar Package – $37,590 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S – Performance Package – $35,690 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S – Full Package – $39,690 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S Sport – Performance Package – $36,790 rideaway
Multistrada V4 S Sport – Full Package – $40,690 rideaway
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