A spy photographer has captured a new Ducati Multistrada 1200 undergoing testing, confirming it will use the Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) engine.

Ducati Reveals Testastretta DVT Engine + Video

Despite the hallucinogenic camo pattern, we can make out the shape of the recently revealed DVT engine. The new valve train independently adjusts timing on both the intake and exhaust valves using an adjuster fitted on the end of each camshaft. At high rpm, the system increases the amount of valve overlap, maximizing performance. At lower engine speeds, the overlap is minimized for smoother, more fluid power delivery.


According to Ducati, the 1198cc Testastretta DVT engine has a peak output of 160 hp at 9500 rpm, or 10 more horses than the current Multistrada’s engine. Ducati also claims an additional 9 ft-lb. of torque, topping out at 100 lb-ft. at 7500 rpm.

The engine isn’t the only thing that has changed. The steel trellis frame is new, as is the rear subframe which appears to be lower than on the existing model, making for a shorter seat height. It’s difficult to make out with the camo pattern but the fairing has been changed. The radiator shroud has a different angle, revealing more of the inverted fork, now anodized in gold and with new brake caliper mounts.


From the front, we can see a gap in the fairing between the two headlights. The ubiquitous ADV-style beak looks new with a broader shape with more angular nostrils. The wheels look identical to those on the current model.


The under-engine muffler also looks revised, with the “U.S.A.” chalked onto it suggesting Ducati was testing exhaust components designed for American emission standards on this prototype.

We’ll likely have to wait until EICMA in early November for Ducati to reveal official information about the new 2015 Multistrada. Ducati will present its new models on November 4.

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  • Sentinel

    Even more pain and expense than the valve services were on these engines already, no thanks.

    • ColoradoS14

      That it total crap, they are using a similar system to what is already used on millions of cars across the planet. The system is reliable on a Honda Accord to 300k mi. why would it not be here?

      • Sentinel

        Obviously you know nothing about valve systems and that Desmo systems cost many times more than other systems to maintain, and are also many times more difficult and time consuming to maintain as well.

        • ColoradoS14

          Are you high!?

          A desmo service is not that complicated, it just has twice the clearances to check compared to a cam on bucket or other valvetrain system. This adds to the labor and to the cost. So in one sense you are right they may cost more, if you can get your service on your Kawi for $500 and the Ducati costs $1000. But you make it seem like the system is unreliable, the current Multistrada has the same 15k mi. adjustment interval as your Kawasaki and the new DVT engine is actually 3k mi. longer at 18,000mi. between adjustments. I dont think that most Ducati owners who have just spent $18k on a new bike are concerned with the fact that they will have to put $1k into it for service in almost 20k miles. The DVT system has nothing to do with service life, it actuates on the front of the cam and does not interfere with the desmo system. I encourage you to look at pictures of the DVT cam and then pull up pictures of a Toyota VVT-i or Honda i-VTEC cam and tell me how they are materially different systems.

          Here is your original comment “Even more pain and expense than the valve services were on these engines already, no thanks.”

          Clearly you are flat wrong here, an extra $400-$500 every 15k mi. for a Ducati service compared to your Kawasaki barely blips the radar for most Ducati owners. And even for us more pedestrian owners is not really much to worry about. Ducati LENGTHENED the service interval on the new motor, which is now actually 3k mi. longer than your Kawi, closing the gap even more. And finally DVT is a system that is largely exactly the same to the VVT systems used on everything from Toyota to Honda to VW and is a proven and reliable system. You are out of your element Donny!

          edbob and I have appreciated the attacks and wish you the best in your future internet trolling, uneducated fanboyism and general douchebaggery.

    • edbob

      ‘Sentinel’ it sounds like you’ve had difficulties servicing valves on your Ducati lots of times – or you must be a Ducati mechanic? Or are you are just trying to sound intelligent based on something you read on the internet…. I”ve owned and serviced Ducatis. Ducatis are easier and cheaper for both home-mechanics (me) and professional mechanics to work on. Sometimes people are overcharged for service at their dealer, but Ducati is no worse for this than other foreign or domestic bikes. 15-20 years ago, the valves needed to be checked more regularly, and they do have a non-standard valve-train layout, so I gather this is where the rumor comes from. People also tend to associate Ducatis with Ferrari, which are an expensive pain to maintain. Don’t be a douche and just repeat what you hear on the internet.

      • Sentinel

        You are a joke. Anyone that “really” knows anything about this knows I’m right here.

  • Alighieri

    What’s with the forks? Are they going back to Ohlins? And with regard to Ducati reliability and expense I have almost 20,000 km on my 2012 MTS with not a hint of trouble and a huge smile every time I get on it.