Ducati Multistrada V4 RS: Attacking The Asphalt

Credit: Ducati

Since its inception two decades back, Ducati’s Multistrada series has been billed as adventure-focused machinery, but they’ve definitely been more road-ready than dirt-capable. That has gone even further with this 20th-anniversary model, the Multistrada V4 RS—the launch photos, from a roadracing track, are your indication that this Multi isn’t so “multi” as it is a focused road machine.

Not the usual Multistrada marketing material… Credit: Ducati

The changes start with the engine, where Ducati took out the Granturismo V4 that comes standard with this series, with 180 hp at the crank. Instead, the RS model gets the same engine as the V4 Panigale, the Desmosedici Stradale V4. In this case, thanks to some changes in tuning and intake/exhaust systems, the engine only makes 190 hp in the RS model. Still a healthy number, and torque is down about 5 lb-ft, to 87 lb-ft of grunt but thanks to a revised final drive gearing, most riders shouldn’t notice a difference, as it’s got plenty of stonk off the line. There’s a new STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, same as on many other hot-rod Ducs, and of course a quickshifter is standard equipment.

More horsepower, but torque drops a bit on the new Multi. Credit: Ducati

Most Multistrada models have a 19-inch front wheel for better rolling over the bumpy stuff. However, the RS takes its cue from the Pikes Peak models, and has a 17-inch front for better street handling. The wheels are forged aluminum, from Marchesini. Tires are Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsas.

Not cheap, at $42k, but the limited-production run will likely sell out quickly anyway. Credit: Ducati

The suspension is, of course, fully adjustable—a 48 mm Ohlins fork, working with a TTX36 shock from Ohlins as well. Both of these can be electronically regulated via the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension management system, which uses “event-based” feedback to adjust the settings. Oh yes, and that shock is mated to a single-sided swingarm, since that’s what the Ducati faithful like.

There’s plenty of carbon-fibre bodywork and a new titanium sub-frame. Little details like this shave weight throughout the bike, and although Ducati hasn’t told us what that final number is, we’d expect something around 235 kg. To make the handling even more sporty, Ducati moved the footpegs upwards and rearwords, and moved the handlebar downwards for a more racy stance. The new bar is more narrow, too. The seat height is adjustable from 840 mm to 860 mm, and there’s also a lower accessory seat available if needed.

All in all, quite a revision! And in Canada, pricing is currently set at $41,995, a comparatively pretty good deal if you consider the Americans are paying about $38k. More details and ordering are via your local dealer—ask them for more info, if needed!



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