By Dennis Chung
Ducati is set to introduce a new member of the Multistrada family, powered by a 1158cc version of the Stradale V4 engine. The new model, which we’ll call the Multistrada V4 for lack of a better name, will join the 2021 Ducati lineup alongside the twin-cylinder 1260 and 950 Multistradas.
The information comes to us via Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) decoding documents Ducati submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The documents outlines how the VIN codes for Ducati numbers are defined.
According to the VIN decoder, the seventh character represents the engine type. “A” for example, is the Scrambler Sixty’s 399cc air-cooled V-Twin, and “N” is the 1103cc engine used on the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter V4. The latest engine code is “V” which represents a 1158cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder with four valves per engine.
Ducati confirmed the new model was in the works a year ago, saying that “in 2021 the Multistrada family will expand to see the twin cylinder 1260 and 950 motorcycles joined by a version with a new, specific V4 engine.” The 1158cc engine is clearly that new version of the Ducati Stradale V4 engine that will be used for the Multistrada V4. The VIN document doesn’t describe the engine’s performance, but we expect it will be tuned for an adventure-touring application.
According to the VIN decoder, the sixth character represents the product line. Letters “A” through “K” (“I” is skipped because it can be too confused for a “1”) are used for model families that we recognize from the existing lineup. “L,” however, denotes a new product line with a placeholder name: “1706 Project,” which we expect will be for the Multistrada V4.