By Dennis Chung
Ducati officially revealed its new Multistrada V4, which joins the two-cylinder Multistrada 1260 and Multistrada 950 in its adventure-touring lineup. The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 will be offered in three versions, the base model V4, the V4 S and the V4 S Sport.
Visually, the Multistrada V4 shares a lot of styling elements with the V-Twin models with a front-heavy profile and a small beak below the LED headlight. The side fairings have layered air vent slits that Ducati claims offers improved aerodynamics and thermal comfort.
The base model Multistrada V4 comes in Ducati Red with black wheels. The V4 S gets an additional Aviator Grey color option and comes with additional features including an up-and-down quick shift. The V4 S Sport comes only in a Sport livery and adds an Akrapovič carbon fiber and titanium silencer and a carbon fiber front fender.
As previously detailed, the Multistrada V4 is powered by the new V4 Granturismo engine, an 1158cc liquid-cooled V-Four with four valves per cylinder using valve springs instead of Ducati’s traditional desmodromic valve system. Ducati claims 170 hp at 10,500 rpm and 92 lb-ft. at 8,750 rpm from the engine, as well as an impressive 36,000 miles between valve service intervals. More details about the engine are available here.
The chassis is comprised of an aluminum monocoque frame and a steel trellis subframe, with the rear wheel supported by an aluminum double-sided swingarm. The base model V4 is equipped with a regular fully-adjustable 50mm inverted fork and an adjustable monoshock with a cantilever layout from Marzocchi. The V4 S and V4 S Sport add a semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension system which has been upgraded with an auto-leveling function. With or without DSS, the Multistrada V4 offers 6.7 inches of …read more