Ducati has released a teaser image stating it’ll reveal its MY2020 motorcycle range on October 23, 2019, at the Ducati World Premiere in Rimini, Italy. The bike maker usually unveils its new models at its annual World Premiere event a few days before the EICMA, and it’s the same case this year as well.
The bike in the teaser image is covered, but the initial guess is that it could be the production version of the new Ducati Streetfighter V4. However, Ducati recently revealed the Streetfighter V4 Prototype in an almost production-ready form, with only a few camouflage tapes hiding the design details. Besides which, the shape of the fuel tank under the wraps doesn’t really look like the Streetfighter’s.
Another possibility is that the motorcycle in the teaser image could possibly be the 2020 Ducati Multistrada V4. Rumours have it that Ducati has been developing a flagship Multistrada with the 1,103cc V4 Stradale engine that made its debut in the Panigale V4. Recently, a 2020 Multistrada test mule was spotted in Italy and the pictures suggest that it could be running on the new V4 engine, further fuelling speculation.
The new V4 engine in the Panigale produces 214hp and 124Nm, but it will be in a different state of tune in the Streetfighter and Multistrada. We already know that the engine in the Streetfighter will make 200hp, a figure causally slipped into the release when the bike was showcased for the Pikes Peak International hillclimb.
Besides revealing the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 and the mystery bike that we see under wraps, an update to the xDiavel could also be on the cards, in terms of giving the bike the updated set of electronics that debuted on the Diavel 1260.
The Ducati World Premiere surely is an exciting time if you are a Ducati fan, but the prospect of a V4 Multistrada has got us rubbing our hands in anticipation. Going by the terrific performance that the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak offers, it’ll be interesting to see what a V4 Multistrada feels like to ride.
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