Last week, Ducati announced it would once again present its new product announcements in a series of online presentations. Just like in 2020 and 2021, the Ducati World Première 2023 series will take place over multiple episodes, with each part featuring a different product line.
For 2023, the series will span seven episodes, starting Sept. 2, ahead of the MotoGP round in San Marino, and running until Nov. 7, just ahead of EICMA. As has become custom, Ducati has given each episode a cryptic title offering a clue to the presentation’s topic. The episodes are:
Apart from the episode titles, Ducati has offered one more clue: the final episode will be a model that was previewed for visitors at World Ducati Week. Though Ducati has managed to prevent any photos of the WDW preview from going public, a report from Moto.it confirms the new model is the next-generation Ducati Scrambler.
As for the rest, we did a little digging and uncovered some clues about what to expect, including a new Panigale V4 R and a Ducati Monster SP.
Ducati’s racing homologated model, the Panigale V4 R, is an obvious fit for Episode 4. Introduced in 2019, the Panigale V4 R is powered by a 998cc engine, allowing it to compete in Superbike racing classes. With the 1103cc Panigale V4 and V4 S getting updated last year, it seems obvious that the V4 R is due for its own update.
The Monster was introduced in 2021, introducing a new chapter in the model’s legacy with a 937cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine and an aluminum alloy frame replacing the traditional steel trellis. Thanks to vehicle certification documents in Australia, Motorcycle.com can confirm that the Monster and Monster+ will be joined by a new Monster SP.
Unfortunately, the Australian certification doesn’t provide any further information beyond the name and that it will likely use a similar 937cc engine as the non-SP models. From what Ducati gave the SP versions of the Streetfighter V4 and Panigale V4, we can assume the Monster SP will receive a number of upgrades such as lightweight carbon rims and upgraded brakes. A dry clutch could appeal to Monster traditionalists, and we can probably expect a number of accessories like CNC-machined footpegs, lithium-ion battery or a carbon fiber fender.
With the new Scrambler, the Monster SP, and the Panigale V4 R, that’s three of the seven World Premières accounted for. One episode might be reserved for Ducati’s burgeoning e-bikes, which is why Ducati’s announcement is careful to say “new products” and not “new motorcycles”.
Speaking of electrics, Ducati revealed details about its V21L MotoE racer in June, with MO‘s very own Troy Siahaan getting an exclusive up-close look. We might get another look in Episode 1, which so happens to be scheduled for Sept. 2 – just before the final round of the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, and the last before Ducati replaces Energica as the sole supplier for the class. While we believe a production electric Ducati motorcycle may still be a little ways off, a preview would definitely fit the Episode 1 title of “The Unexpected.”
In search of more clues, we perused Ducati’s online owner’s manual database and discovered a number of 2023 manuals have already been uploaded. We pored through every 2023 manual available, and tracked them against the 2022 manuals to see which models are likely to return unchanged.
Most of Ducati’s 2022 models are returning, with the manuals indicating no significant changes. A lot of these were updated just last year, so that comes as no surprise. There were, however, a few models that don’t have 2023 manuals as of yet. These include the Panigale V4 R and 803cc Scramblers, which supports our theory that they are will be receiving updates.
Interestingly, the Diavel and Streetfighter V4 families do not have yet 2023 models added to Ducati’s site. The Streetfigther V4 SP was introduced last year, but the regular V4 and V4 S models have been unchanged since their introduction in 2020, making them prime candidates to be part of Ducati’s 2023 World Premières.
The Diavel 1260 family has also been relatively static for a few years, with the last notable addition being the Lamboghini edition model in 2021. An updated Diavel would not be a big surprise. It’s also worth noting that Lamborghini celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023. A new Ducati 1260 Lamborghini makes a lot of sense for the Italian carmaker’s diamond anniversary.
The Multistrada V4 and V2 models all have 2023 manuals, but what about the Multistrada 950 S Spoked Wheel? Despite the introduction of the V2 model last year, Ducati continued to offer the wire-spoke version of the Multistrada 950. And while you can get one equipped with wire-spoke wheels from Ducati’s accessory catalog, a full-on adventure-ready Multistrada V2 would be a nice addition.
To recap, here’s what we believe Ducati will reveal as part of its World Première 2023 series:
Of course, there is a good chance Ducati has something planned that we haven’t accounted for. We are confident that most of our predictions above will be part of the Ducati World Première 2023 web series, but we’d also welcome a surprise or two.
Begin Press Release:
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 28 July 2022 – The Ducati World Première starts again, the series of events that each year presents the new products from the Bologna-based manufacturer for the following season. The streaming of the first episode is scheduled for Friday September 2nd at 19:00, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera. The series will then continue until November 7th, when all motorcycle enthusiasts will finally be able to see the model unveiled as a preview to the Ducatisti participants in World Ducati Week 2022.
Seven episodes will be dedicated to Ducati’s new products for 2023, which between September, October and November will represent the stages of a journey revealing the bikes online on the Ducati.com website, on the YouTube channel and on the social media networks of the Bologna-based company. These bikes will then be visible live starting Thursday November 10th, when EICMA 2022 will open its gates to the public.
Below is the calendar of all the episodes of the Ducati World Première 2023 web series:
2 September 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 1 | The Unexpected
15 September 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 2 | Ready for More?
29 September 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 3 | Unlock Earth
7 October 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 4 | This is Racing
20 October 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 5 | Push Forward
28 October 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 6 | Dare to be Bold
7 November 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 7 | Next Gen Freedom
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