First Look: 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260

With a long list of upgrades over the last generation of Multistradas, this year’s ’Strada is pretty much all new for 2018. It gets an upgrade with the new Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) 1262cc engine, new chassis, more advanced electronics, and an aesthetic update that includes new fairing panels and lighter, sportier looking wheels.

Ducati says the Multistrada essentially offers four bikes in one: from sportbike to long- distance tourer, from everyday runabout to enduro. The 1262cc Testastretta DVT engine, derived from its XDiavel stable mate, is Euro 4 approved and gives ample low- and mid-range torque for better rideability in everyday use. Ducati says the motor offers 85% of max torque is available under 3,500 rpm and delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18% higher compared to the 1200 predecessor.

The 2018 Multistrada’s bigger displacement was achieved by increasing piston stroke from 67.9 to 71.5mm (bore remains 106mm), requiring new connecting rods, crankshaft and cylinders. The DVT system was recalibrated to maximize low-to-midrange torque delivery, bringing maximum output to a claimed 158 ponies at 9,750 rpm and maximum torque of 95.5 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm.

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