From the last few months, Ducati India has adopted a new strategy when it comes to launching its motorcycles – online. Today they have announced prices of the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 and 1260S through Twitter. Ducati India head Sergi Canovas launched the Multistrada 1260 for Rs 15.99 lakh while the S trim is priced at Rs 18.06 lakh, ex-showroom pan-India. Bookings have already started and deliveries are expected to start within a month.
So what’s new? For starters, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 as the name suggests, gets a new engine and has Desmodromic Variable Valve timing. The engine is Euro-IV compliant and makes 160PS of peak power and 130Nm of torque. While these figures aren’t a major improvement over the previous motorcycle, Ducati says that they have ensured that the torque is available, and as much as 85 per cent, from as low as 3,500rpm. This will be welcomed by those buying these gorgeous machines and planning to take them off-road. The new ride-by-wire technology along with the Ducati up and down quick shifter are some of the changes. Fuel efficiency is now 19kmpl as claimed by Ducati India.
One look and you realise that Ducati hasn’t changed the silhouette of the motorcycle. Instead, they have made subtle changes to the steering head as well as angle, the swingarm has been now elongated by a good 48mm and a retuned chassis. Fully adjustable front and rear suspension has been carried over from the outgoing model. Riders can also connect to the Ducati Multistrada’s multimedia system with the help of a Bluetooth module. One can also play music through the handle bar controls and accept calls or even view messages on the go.
As part of the its safety feature list, the Multistrada 1260 comes with traction control, cruise control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Vehicle Hold Control and Bosch Cornering ABS. As far as service is concerned, the oil change intervals are now longer at 15,000km compared to the 10,000 earlier. Valve clearance checks will be done at every 30,000km. The warranty on the Ducati Multistrada 1260 is now 24 months with unlimited mileage.
So, whats the difference between the regular bike and the S? For starters, the S gets the more complicated suite of suspension components called the Skyhook, the TFT display, full LED headlights and auto-off indicators.