The Rumors Appear to be True
There were some rumors floating around that Ducati would put its Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine into a Multistrada, but now it appears as if this rumor could be true. A test mule was spotted testing in Italy. Asphalt & Rubber reported on the bike.
The test bike that was spotted out testing looks really similar to the Ducati Multistrada 1260. However, there are changes to the bike that indicate it’s the new, special V4 model. The bike has a different exhaust and looks a little different. It would appear that Ducati has kept most of the bike the same, but just added the new engine and exhaust system, if this is indeed the new V4 version.
Ducati has made no official statement saying it will build the V4 Multistrada, so Asphalt & Rubber wonders if this is just a facelifted version of the V-twin version. I’m hoping this is the V4 version and not just an updated V-twin, but as Asphalt & Rubber points out, the Ducati design and development team has become more careful with its products, meaning it might not want to take a chance on a Multistrada V4. Let’s hope that’s not the case, though.