The 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT unit in the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 is Euro 4 approved and claimed to offer the highest torque output in its class at 4,000 rpm
Ducati India has today launched the new Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S in the domestic market at an introductory price of Rs. 15,99,000 and Rs. 18,06,000 respectively (both prices, ex-showroom pan India). The Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S variants provide a top-notch sport touring experience with versatility, aesthetics and ease of riding and they get noticeable updates over their predecessors.
Bookings are now open and deliveries will start by the end of June 2018 across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi–NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and Chennai. The 2018 Multistrada 1260, first debuted late last year, retains the family traits such as clean surfaces, taut lines and contrasting front and rear visual mass, and exemplifies Ducati’s attention to detail bits with optimum balance of weight and performance, ergonomical switchgear and a revised interface.
There have been key mechanical modifications including an increased displacement engine at 1,262 cc. The Ducati Testastretta DVT unit is Euro 4 approved and claimed to offer the highest torque output in its class at 4,000 rpm – the most frequently used rpm range with 85 percent of the torque available even below 3,500 rpm and the delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18 percent higher compared to the previous model.
The DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) system has been recalibrated to maximise low-to-mid range torque delivery and by bringing maximum output to 158 horsepower at 9,750 rpm and peak torque to 13.2 kgm (130 Nm) at 7,500 rpm. To control the massive power, a new Ride-by-Wire system is used ensuring smoother throttle control that is stated to significantly improve the riding experience offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down.
The updated chassis comprises of a longer swinging arm and wheelbase and the geometry has been revised up front to enable sharper handling characteristics in twisties and ensure more stability even when riding with a pillion at full-load with side panniers. The new Multistrada 1260 has upright riding position and multiple riding modes as well.
On the other hand, the S version boasts five Y-spoke wheels, full LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) functionality, standard Bluetooth module activating the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and can connect the bike to a smartphone for basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls.
The new Multistrada 1260 range gets a host of electronic features including Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Cruise Control, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), etc. Another key feature is the new Hands-Free system for enhanced security.
The maintenance interval has also been extended to every 30,000 km with “Desmo Service” and oil change at every 15,000 km. For enhanced riding experience, Ducati has announced the #1260Hours Campaign, wherein three lucky customers will get a chance to go for an unforgettable road trip on the seat of their favorite Ducati through the hills of the Apennines straddling Tuscany and Emilia.
Along with that, a tour at the discovery of Motor Valley and its most charming locations, starting with a Ducati factory tour and museum visit in Borgo Panigale, come under the package. To enter the contest, one needs to do is test ride and buy the new Multistrada 1260/1260 S and share a picture on Ducati India’s twitter handle, before 11th August.