2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS - First Look
A Multistrada for the race track
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS
2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 RS Specifications
Ducati V4 Desmosedici stradale, V4 - 90°, 4 valves per cylinder, counter-rotating crankshaft, twin pulse firing order, semi dry sump, liquid cooled
1,103cc (67 cu in)
180 hp at 12,250 rpm (claimed)
87.0 lb-ft. at 9,500 rpm (claimed)
Aluminum monocoque frame
Öhlins Ø48 mm fully adjustable usd fork with TiN treatment, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
4.7 in (120mm)
62.7 in (1,592 mm)
Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa 120/70 ZR17
Öhlins TTX36 fully adjustable monoshock, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode, electronic preload adjustment, aluminium single-sided swingarm
Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa 190/55 ZR17
2 x Ø330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Stylema monobloc 4-piston 2-pad callipers, radial master cylinder, Cornering ABS
Ø265 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calliper, Cornering ABS
Adjustable, 840 mm - 860 mm (33.1 in - 33.9 in)
22 l (5.8 US gal)
Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Daytime Running Light, Ducati Cornering Light, Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold Control, Radar system (Adaptive Cruise Control + Blind Spot Detection)
Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, Hands-free, Backlit handlebar switches, 6.5” TFT colour display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system, Full LED headlight, Carbon fiber front mudguard and beak, Carbon fiber handguards, Type-approved Akrapovič muffler
Emissions and Consumption
Euro 5+ Standard - CO2 Emissions 170 g/km - Consumption 7.3 l/100km
Racing exhaust, Carbon rear mudguard, Carbon headlight fairing, Dry clutch cover, Billet aluminium tank cap, Clutch fluid reservoir, Brake fluid reservoir, Pair of reservoir supports, Aluminium protection grid for water radiator, Protective mesh for oil cooler, Clutch lever, Brake lever, Pair of dynamic LED turn indicators
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