Ducati Scrambler

Photo from Insella.it

Photo from Insella.it

A cast aluminum rear wheel and a front spoke wheel, beefy, inverted fork tubes, a steel trellis frame, an aluminum swingarm and an under-engine exhaust; this spy photo of Ducati’s forthcoming Scrambler model leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Is it an underperforming throwback to Ducati’s Scrambler models from the ’60s or will it be a modern-day iteration with contemporary performance?

The engine is certainly of the air-cooled variety, but whether its displacement is 803cc or 1078cc remains to be revealed. The first half of the exhaust plumbing certainly resembles that of the 1100EVO Monster. Then there’s that modern, sharp, Streetfighter-ish headlight and not a more traditionally round light. The fuel tank appears appropriately narrow, joining to a one-piece rider/passenger seat. Chromed handlebars seem to have a steep rise, reminiscent of the original model.

But what we’ll see at EICMA is anybody’s guess because, unlike a lot of spy photos of unconfirmed, camouflaged models, Ducati went to lengths to keep us guessing until the company’s ready for the Scrambler to break cover. We can only hope that Ducati is able to equally blend is heritage into a modern Scrambler model while keeping the price reasonable to compete with the likes of Triumph’s Scrambler and Thruxton models that both retail for $9099 in 2014.