Ducati has unveiled the latest generation entry-level model of its adventure sports tourer at the first episode of the Ducati World Premiere 2022 web series, in two variants. The Multistrada V2 may sound like a new name, but in effect, it’s the replacement for the Ducati Multistrada 950, and is essentially re-named as Multistrada V2 with some minor updates, including a 5 kg reduction in weight, and now features Ducati Skyhook semi-active suspension in the top-spec V2 S trim. There are minor ergonomic changes over the Multistrada 950 as well. Here’s a look at what we know so far about the new Ducati Multistrada V2.
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Design & Colours
The design of the Ducati Multistrada V2 stays true to the Multistrada 950 it replaces. The face retains its familiar appearance, but the design has got a minor update with a more tapered headlight cowl and fairing which offers more smooth and rounded surfaces for improved aerodynamics. The bodywork also features new graphics, showing off the new name to underscore that it’s the latest generation entry-level Multistrada.
The colour range consists of the classic ‘Ducati Red’ colour with black rims, available for both Multistrada V2 and Multistrada V2 S, along with the new ‘Street Grey’ livery with black frame and ‘GP Red’ rims, which can only be ordered for the S variant. There are two trim levels which can be ordered straight from the factory. The Essential trim is available for both Multistrada V2 and Multistrada V2 S, while the Travel trim, with side bags, heated grips and central stand, can only be ordered for the S version.
The ergonomics have been mildly tweaked to make the Multistrada V2 more accessible to newer and less experienced riders, and to cater to riders of different height and build. The seat height has been reduced to 830 mm, which can be reduced to 790 mm with an optional low seat and a lowered suspension kit. The shape of the saddle has also been improved to give a flat area to offer the rider more longitudinal direction movement, and allowing anyone to find an optimal riding position.
The footpegs are shared with the Multistrada V4, and have been moved 10 mm away from the seat, to ensure enough room for taller riders, and offer better comfort on longer journeys. Overall, the new Multistrada V2 is 5 kg lighter than the Multistrada 950. The engine itself is 2 kg lighter, and various parts of the bike have been lightened, including the mirrors, shared with Multistrada V4, front disc flanges and the rims, derived also from the Multistrada V4, which are 1.7 kg lighter.
Engine & Performance
According to Ducati, the Multistrada V2 gets the latest evolution of the 937 cc Testastretta 11-degree L-twin unit. Engine output is 111 bhp at 9,000 rpm with 96 Nm of peak torque at 7,750 rpm. The engine gets new con-rods, a new 8-disc hydraulic clutch and the gearbox has been refurbished too. Ducati recommends oil change every 15,000 km and valve clearance check every 30,000 km. The engine offers linear performance, and is smooth at low revs, with torque available across the rev range, offering sporty performance. The six-speed gearbox comes with a bi-directional quickshifter.
Electronics & Features
The Multistrada V2 gets a state-of-the-art electronics package which includes cornering ABS, Vehicle Hold Control (which makes starting on a sloping surface easy), Ducati Traction Control, four configurable riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Enduro), and Ducati Brake Light system, which flashes the brake light in the event of sudden braking.
The Ducati Multistrada V2 S variant gets the Ducati Skyhook electronic suspension, cruise control, full-LED headlight equipped with Ducati Cornering Lights function, Ducati Quick Shift up and down, hands-free system, and a high-resolution 5-inch, full-colour TFT instrument console with backlit handlebar controls.
As mentioned before the Ducati Multistrada V2 is available in two variants, with the S variant getting more features, including Skyhook electronic suspension, cornering lights and more. Both variants are built around the same tubular streel trellis frame with a double-sided aluminium swingarm.
Suspension is handled by a 48 mm Kayaba fork up front, and a monoshock rear, both offering full adjustability, with 170 mm of travel at both ends. The Multistrada V2 runs on a 19-inch front wheel, and a 17-inch rear wheel, shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. Wire-spoke wheels will be available as optional extras.
Price & Availability
The Ducati Panigale V2 will be available in European dealerships by November 2021, although it should make its way to India sometime in the first quarter of 2022. We expect prices to begin at around ₹ 13 lakh (Ex-showroom), for the base Multistrada V2, going up to possibly ₹ 15 lakh (Ex-showroom) for the Multistrada V2 S.