With the recent launch of its new V4 line of models like the Streetfighter V4, Panigale V4 and V2, and most recently, the Superleggera V4, the next Ducati model to get the V4 engine will be the Multistrada. Ducati is planning to launch the new model in 2021. A camouflaged test motorcycle has been spotted testing in the streets of Italy.
The 2021 Multistrada will be powered by a V4 somewhere in the area of 1,200cc. This is likely based on the 1,103 cm3 Desmosedici Stradale engine already fitted on the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter. Ducati will likely bore up the 90° V4 Desmodromic engine to close to 1,200cc. Currently, it already produces 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and a torque of 124 Nm at 10,000 rpm. Once modified for the Multistrada, it may produce around 220 hp and around 130 Nm of torque.
It’s also safe to assume that an entry-level model will be made available, possibly powered by the 995 cc Superquadro engine from the Panigale V2.
Another new addition to the upcoming Multistrada V4 will be the addition of a collision avoidance system. Ducati and Audi have been developing a new rider-safety technology called Ducati Advanced Rider Assistance Systems. The system is designed to monitor vehicles in front and behind and alert the rider of a possibility of a collision. It’s possible that the system may apply the brakes for the rider if he doesn’t respond in a timely manner. Of course, this system is still being tested and we’re not quite sure what it will be capable of when finally unveiled.
It’s apparent that Ducati is quite satisfied with the new V4 and V2 engines. It’s likely that the entire lineup will soon be sporting the engine configuration, with the Scrambler, Monster, and Hypermotard being the likely next models to receive it.