2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS - First Look

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A Multistrada for the race track

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

What do you get if you take a Multistrada, and swap out its 1,158cc V4 Granturismo engine for the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine of the Panigale? Add in a dry clutch, 17-inch wheels, and lightweight components made of carbon fiber and titanium, and you wind up with the 2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS.

Does the world need what is essentially a Multistrada designed for the race track? Probably not, but that’s not really the important question here, especially not in a world where Bagger racing is a thing. How well does it deliver on that premise? You’ll find out soon enough, as MO’s own Troy Siahaan is one of the first people from outside Bologna to get a chance to ride the V4 RS, and we’ll have his full review coming up next week. Until then, here’s what we know.

Produced in a numbered series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Multistrada line, the V4 RS is the new range topping model, with an MSRP of US$37,995, or $6,400 more than the Pikes Peak model which previously laid claim to being the sportiest Multistrada V4.

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

The Desmosedici Stradale engine provides a completely different character to the Multistrada V4 RS. Along with the 1,103cc displacement, it brings Ducati’s long-signature Desmodromic valves, allowing the engine to reach a higher rev limit of 13,500 rpm. The Multi V4 RS also gets the more permeable air filter from the Panigale V4 R, and a specially developed Akrapovič silencer.

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

Ducati claims a peak output of 180 hp at 12,250 rpm and 87 lb-ft. at 9,500 rpm, which aren’t quite at the level of the Panigale or Streetfighter V4 as Ducati sought a balance between pure superbike performance and maintaining some of the Multistrada’s versatility.

Like the SP2 versions of the Panigale and Streetfighter V4, the Multistrada V4 RS is equipped with a billet aluminum STM-EVO SBK dry clutch. The gear ratios were left unchanged from the regular Mutlistrada V4 models, but Ducati shortened the final drive ratio to improve acceleration.

The Multistrada V4 RS is more than just a straight-up engine swap. Ducati modified the chassis to suit the 17-inch front wheel, with a new version of the Multistrada’s monocoque aluminum frame, resulting in a sportier rake angle, trail and wheelbase. Ducati also employed a lightweight titanium rear subframe, claiming a 5.5 pound weight savings compared to the standard Multistrada seat support.

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

Forged Marchesini aluminum wheels contribute to a claimed further 6.0-pound weight reduction compared to the V4 S. The wheels come clad in Diablo Rosso IV Corsa tires, with a 120/70 up front and a 190/55 at the back.

Ducati moved the footrests higher and further back, giving the RS more lean angle than the regular Multistradas. The handlebar is also lower and narrower, creating a sportier riding posture, while not quite being as extreme as a bike with clip-ons.

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

The front wheel is equipped with dual Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers, similar to the Multistrada V4 S, but with the pads from the Panigale V4. A single Brembo floating caliper is matched to the rear wheel. A Bosch-Brembo 10.3ME Cornering ABS system manages the braking system.

The suspension is the same Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 “event based” system used on the Pikes Peak model, as well as the Panigale and Streetfighter V4 S. The system adjusts itself to suit different riding styles, with Touring and Sport Riding modes specifically getting new calibrations unique to the RS.

The rest of the electronics package is similar to that of the Multistrada V4 S, including radar-backed Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection, selectable power modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and the new Race mode replacing Enduro), lean-sensitive traction control, wheelie control, engine brake control, and an up-and-down quick shift. All of the electronic settings can be viewed on the 6.5-inch TFT dashboard. The display also supports phone mirroring for displaying navigation through the Ducati Connect system.

2024 ducati multistrada v4 rs first look

Ducati employed carbon fiber for the RS’ beak, front fender, hand guards, and heat shields. Ducati hasn’t released any weight figures, but the use of carbon parts along with the lighter wheels and subframe, plus a smaller battery should result in a lighter package than the Pikes Peak model’s claimed 527 pounds.

The 2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS arrives in dealerships in January in an Iceberg White livery. Ducati has also prepared a range of accessories including more carbon fiber and billet aluminum components, plus various luggage and windscreen options.

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