By Dennis Chung
Ducati has started teasing a new model reveal for Oct. 15, with all indications suggesting it will be for the new Multistrada V4. Contrary to our initial report, however, it looks like the engine might be going smaller than the Panigale V4’s 1103cc engine and not larger to 1158cc.
— Ducati (@DucatiMotor) September 28, 2020
Ducati released teasers across its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels, all showing different pictures of four pistons and the description: “4 is lighter than 2. It can also be more compact.” Ducati also launched a landing page on its website for the new model, listing three more hints or “theorems” scheduled for Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 13. There’s also an image depicting the four pistons and both a paved and unpaved surface, which suggests an adventure bike such as the Multistrada V4.
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that our initial theory about a 1158cc Multistrada was incorrect. We based that hypothesis on Ducati listing an 1158cc V-Four engine on a vehicle identification number (VIN) decoding document filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with a mysteriously named “1706 Project” model. Ducati had also previously said the Multistrada V4 would have a “new, specific V4 engine”. We put two and two together and assumed the new 1158cc would be that specific Multistrada V4 engine.
It seems adding two and two refers to a different four (or V4, in this case), as Ducati hints at a smaller bore for the Multistrada, saying: “the adaptation of V4 to a smaller bore achieves the objective of a weight reduction of …read more