Ducati just announced their updated Multistrada 1200 for 2015.
As expected, it now uses variable valve timing to produce 10 more horses up top (160hp vs 150hp) and a staggering 100 lb-ft of torque (92 lb-ft on the previous model). This towers over the class leading BMW R1200 GS's 92 lb-ft. The Ducati has always had the horsepower lead in but taking the torque crown from BMW is a definite coup in the ADV bike category.
With new power comes new responsibility as the new motor returns 8% better fuel economy while still meeting stringent new EURO4 emissions standards.
While basically a superbike on tall suspenders, Ducati has raised the engine height by 20+mm to help increase ride height and ground clearance. While an update frame and subframe lowers the seat into one of two adjustable positions (825 or 845 mm).
Also similar to the Boesch ABS unit added to KTM 1190 Adventure, the new Multistrada now has cornering ABS. This can prevent wheel lock up while braking during aggressive cornering. This helps to slow the 500+ lbs bike down in safely and in a hurry even when cranked over while riding in poor road conditions.
The dash has been updated with a new full color 5" screen similar to the screens found in the Ducati Diavel and Ducati Panigale.
Ducati has also released a video of the new bike in action. Check it out here;
As announced before the the official unveiling, the new model is now using variable valve timing to allow for variable valve opening during various riding conditions, from idle to aggressive. This helps to change the character of the motor by varying tuning and torque characteristics.
This was a very unpopular move when Honda did they same for their VFR series but we can only hope that Ducati has learned some lessons from Honda's experience.
Thanks to Motociclismo for the photos and video.