When it comes to adventure bikes, few machines hold the same legend status as the Ducati Multistrada. With a high performance engine, range topping suspension, and a suite of sophisticated onboard electronics, the Multistrada has become a favorite among Ducatistas looking to go beyond the confines of asphalt in style and comfort.
However, just when we thought that Multistrada 1260 was as good a bike as it could be, Ducati unveiled the Multistrada V4 in the global market to feature a ton of updates, evidently making it the best Multistrada to date. The best part? Well, Ducati Philippines has announced that it will be bringing in the first batch of Multistrada V4s into the country consisting of 10 units. The initial batch, which unfortunately doesn’t come with radar cruise control, has been pegged at P1.7M.
While we are on the topic of advanced rider aids, the new Ducati Multistrada V4 is outfitted with tons of them. For starters, it gets a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) that governs onboard electronics such as cornering ABS, wheelie control, traction control, and even cornering LED headlights. The new Multi even comes with Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)—similar to what we find on high end cars of today. Additionally, it comes equipped with semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension which works in conjunction with the IMU and adjusts suspension settings in real-time to account for the terrain.
As far as performance is concerned, the new adventurer is equipped with a 1,158cc Granturismo engine. Ducati purists have criticized this engine for doing away with the Italian manufacturer’s iconic Desmodromic valve actuation. However, doing so has allowed the House Of Borgo Panigale to extend the bike’s service intervals—60K kilometers for valve adjustments, and 15K kilometers per oil change. That’s stellar for motorcycle standards. The new engine pumps out a healthy 171 horsepower and 125 Nm of torque, making it a true ripper both on the street and off-road.
Lastly, the range topping Multistrada V4 comes outfitted with anti-collision radar cruise control and anti-collision system. This results in a stellar and seamless riding experience elevated by adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, and blind spot detection. As mentioned, the base model—10 units which comprise the first batch in the Philippine market—has been pegged at P1,710,000. The top of the line model, expected to make its way in the coming months, will set you back P1,920,000.