Ducati Readies Touring Version of Panigale V4

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Words: NZ Autocar
10 Jul 2020

Well, not entirely, but you get the idea. The engine from Ducati’s premium superbike is being transferred to the frame of a touring bike, creating the Multistrada V4, sure to be the biggest, baddest ADV ever from the northern Italian bike maker.

In fact, the engine will probably be closer in output to that from the new Streetfighter but that’s a steal from the sportsbike in the first place. Previous spyshots have shown the bike heavily camouflaged but new images shown on the MCN site reveal something much closer to a production-ready model.

Expect a minor re-tune to optimise midrange torque but MCN is of the belief that the top Multi will, for the first time, break 200bhp.

The steel trellis frame remains but up front the V4 Multistrada will get a 19-inch wheel, whereas the 1260 uses a 17-inch rim. Whether this is in an effort to shift weight rearwards because of the extra metal in the motor, or just conforming to litre-plus ADV norms is unclear. It is said to have only a minor effect on tarmac handling but offers a clear advantage off road.

Like the Multistrada 950, the V4 version will use the double-sided swingarm, whereas the 1260 gets a single-sided unit. This is likely for stiffness and handling advantages.

The V4 MS will come with a larger full-colour TFT dash, as is the fashion in this sector, enabling on-board navigation. The movement of the cornering lights down into the bodywork suggests the face will house a radar unit required for adaptive cruise control, first fitted to a BMW Motorrad bike recently. Ducati has evidently been working on its own auto-cruise system.

It’s thought the V4 Multi will launch before the end of the year in Europe. If this is a piece of you, start saving because it’s unlikely to sell for less than about $50k locally, at least in top-shelf trim.

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