Multistrada V4 Rally: Production of The Grand Tourer Ducati Gets Underway
The highly-anticipated Multistrada V4 Rally is one step closer to making it to your local dealer.
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Production of the Multistrada V4 Rally, the Ducati designed for long-distance journeys, already featured in the third episode of the 2023 World Premiere, has begun at the Borgo Panigale factory. The new bike completes Ducati’s most robust touring range which was born exactly 20 years ago with the first revolutionary Multistrada 1000 that marked the opening of Ducati towards the world of travel.
Twenty years during which Multistrada has been able to evolve and renew itself through the 1100, 1200, and 1260 models, arriving at its fourth generation powered by the new, revolutionary V4 Grandturismo. The Multistrada V4 embodies the concept of the Grand Tourer according to the values of Style, Sophistication, and Performance that are intrinsic to Ducati’s DNA.
Multistrada introduced several innovations to the Ducati range, such as the Riding Modes and DVT variable valve timing. Still, it was also the first bike worldwide equipped with technological innovations such as the semi-active Skyhook suspension. More recently, it is the first to market both front and rear radar to support Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection systems and extended engine deactivation.
With the “Rally” Ducati takes the globetrotter spirit of the Multistrada V4 to an even higher level, thanks to more comfort for rider and passenger, greater range and a more pronounced off-road aptitude without sacrificing performance (170 hp), reliability and running costs, with maintenance intervals every 37,000 mi and Oil Service every 9,000 mi/24 months thanks to the 1,158 cc V4 Granturismo engine.
To tackle unpaved roads even better, this Multistrada can count on semi-active suspension with increased travel of 7.9 in (200 mm), lightened spoked rims, reinforced engine guards, an Enduro Riding Mode with brand new Power Mode dedicated to off-road use, wider rider foot-pegs and an even more precise and efficient Skyhook DSS EVO control strategy aided by a new sensor in the fork which instantly measures more accurately the suspension stroke.
Comfort improves with particular attention to two-seater use: the windshield has been redesigned (height increased by 1.6 in and width by .8 in), the tail has been lengthened and the top case attachment is moved back to offer more leg area to the passenger, who can also count on footrests with larger rubber inserts to reduce vibration levels. Furthermore, with the seats of different heights for both rider and passenger and the lowered suspension kit, the Multistrada V4 Rally can be customized to suit any rider and passenger configuration. The Multistrada V4 Rally also features a minimum preload function of the suspension which will lower the motorcycle facilitating the rider in touching the ground with their boots when coming to a stop. To further improve thermal comfort, the air vents in the leg area can now be divided to retain the heat released by the engine in the cold seasons.
The Multistrada V4 Rally also integrates Cornering ABS, which allows you to harness the braking power of its system even when cornering, the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL), which improve night-time visibility by illuminating the inside of the turn, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC). These systems use the inertial platform (IMU) to optimize intervention based on the lean and pitch angle of the motorcycle.
The Multistrada V4 Rally is the first to introduce a new extended deactivation strategy of the rear bank. This feature allows rear bank deactivation even with low engine speeds and torque requests from the throttle to benefit fuel consumption and emissions.
The 6.5-inch color TFT dashboard offers map navigation functions thanks to the Ducati Connect application. It supports the use of the telephone, now housed in a ventilated compartment, to answer calls or listen to music while using a helmet equipped with an intercom system.
The Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally will arrive in dealerships Spring 2023 in the two colors of Ducati Red and Brushed Aluminium & Matte Black, the latter with a visible brushed aluminum tank. The new Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally will be offered in one version for North America: Adventure Travel & Radar, equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection, aluminum side cases, heated grips and heated seats.
Visit the Ducati website and contact your nearest dealer for more information about the new Multistrada V4 Rally.
The presentation video of the new Multistrada V4 Rally, shot in the landscapes of the Kenyan savannah, can be viewed on the Ducati YouTube channel.
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