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2013 Ducati Multistrada previewed

19th Sep 2012 2:29 am

The Multistrada range gets a raft of updates to make it better equipped than before, and it also sees the introduction of a new Granturismo variant.

Ducati has upgraded its popular Multistrada range. The new range comprises four models; the Multistrada 1200, Multistrada 1200 S Touring, Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo and Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak.

The latest generation Strada gets a second generation Testastretta, now twin spark, 11 degree L-twin engine that makes 150bhp at 9250rpm, with the torque boosted to 12.7kgm at 7500rpm and a smoother, more useable mid-range power delivery. The latest Strada also gets refreshed styling and revised ergonomics, and its engine now shares some cutting-edge technology with the supersports 1199 Panigale Superquadro engine.

The Multistrada 1200 comes equipped with a raft of up-to-date electronic rider assist functions including Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) technology, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Bosch-Brembo ABS, while the Multistrada 1200 S Touring gets a novel, semi-active suspension called Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is a new touring flagship with increased luggage capacity, added LED illumination, better wind protection and improved long distance tyres.

Finally, a Pikes Peak special Multistrada 1200 S comes adorned with livery made famous by the 2012 race-winning hill-climb bike and Marchesini-made forged alloy wheels.

The groundbreaking Multistrada first made news with its Sport, Touring, Enduro and Urban riding modes when launched in 2010, and continues to remain an ever popular model for its maker. 

The 2013 Multistrada range will first be showcased at the INTERMOT motorcycle show (Cologne, October 3-7, 2012), and enters showrooms after December. Expect to see the new bike in Indian showrooms sometime in 2013.

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