After Ducati came out with its new V4 engine seen in the new Panigale and Streetfighter, they have been working really hard to eventually use the same engine platform for the rest of its lineup. More particularly, Ducati has been more eager in updating its Multistrada adventure tourer with its new V4 engine. Over the past few months, the Multistrada prototype has been spotted several times around Italy being road-tested clad in camouflage livery. This time, however, the new Multistrada V4 has been spotted once again being tested and the internet was quick to jump the gun on capturing images of the new motorcycle that quickly emerged online.
Judging from the looks of the photos, it seems that the Ducati Multistrada V4 is much closer to completion perhaps with just a few more final tests before it finally goes into production. Cables still run from the top-box of the bike which could mean that tests are still being done and data is still being collected before the final specifications can be concluded.
Visible changes seen on the Multistrada V4 include the double-sided swingarm which is a departure from the previous generation’s single-sided configuration. Its front tires now run on 19-inch wheels rather than 17-inch wheels from the previous Multistrada. The frame has also undergone some changes to accommodate the new 180 hp V4 engine mounted on it. It now uses a conventional frame rather than a steel trellis we were all used to seeing from the Multistrada 1260 and 950 versions of it although its seat is still supported by a steel trellis mounted to the frame just right above the rear.
We can also expect a brand new dash with a larger TFT full-color display to give the rider all the information he needs for the bike. We can expect the new Multistrada V4 to have a smoother torque curve than the Panigale V4 or Streetfighter V4. Should Ducati stay true to its schedule, we can expect to see the final version of the Multistrada V4 by the end of the year as a new 2021 model.