Ducati has launched the Multistrada V4 Rally in the Indian market at a price of Rs 29.72 lakh (ex-showroom). The Multistrada V4 Rally is a more touring-focused variant of the Multistrada V4 which was launched in India last year. Let’s take a detailed look at the key specs and features of the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally.
Engine and Performance
At the heart of the Multistrada V4 Rally is Ducati’s flagship Testastretta 11° Granturismo V4 engine. The 1158cc liquid-cooled V4 motor is capable of producing 170hp of maximum power at 10,500rpm and 125Nm of peak torque at 8,750rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox and Ducati’s bi-directional quickshifter is also offered as standard.
Some key highlights of the V4 engine include Desmodromic variable timing, ride-by-wire throttle, and four riding modes – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. The engine is Euro 5 compliant and delivers smooth and linear power delivery throughout the rev range. Ducati claims the Multistrada V4 Rally can do 0-100kmph in just 3 seconds and has a top speed of over 240kmph. The engine is tuned to offer great performance both on the road as well as light off-road conditions.
Chassis, Suspension and Braking
In terms of chassis, the Multistrada V4 Rally gets a tubular steel Trellis frame along with aluminum swingarm. Suspension duties are handled by fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi front forks and a rear monoshock with automatic and manual adjustment. The front has 220mm of travel while the rear has 220mm.
Braking performance comes from Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers biting on dual 320mm discs at the front and a single 265mm disc at the rear. ABS comes as standard along with other rider aids like traction control, wheelie control and cruise control. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire-spoke wheels are shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires.
Design, Features and Equipment
In terms of design, the Multistrada V4 Rally gets a beak-like front fascia along with sleek LED headlamps and DRLs. The fuel tank, side panels and tail section have been designed for long distance touring comfort. The windscreen is height adjustable and engine guards add to the off-road appeal.
The instrument console is a 6.5-inch TFT unit with all the necessary information and switchgear. Connectivity comes via the Ducati Multimedia System which offers Bluetooth and GPS navigation. Other features include cruise control, heated grips, cornering ABS, traction control and quick shifter. The bike gets a 23-litre fuel tank and weighs around 228kg (kerb).
Variants and Colors
The Multistrada V4 Rally is currently available in a single variant. It comes painted in Ducati Red with Rally graphics. Some key differences over the standard Multistrada V4 include taller suspension, wire-spoke wheels, engine guards, rally-inspired graphics and longer travel front forks.
Pricing and Positioning
At Rs 29.72 lakh (ex-showroom), the Multistrada V4 Rally undercuts the standard Multistrada V4 by around Rs 1.5 lakh. It is positioned as a more touring focused variant with light off-road capabilities. Its closest rivals include the BMW R 1250 GS, Triumph Tiger 1200 and KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.
The Rally variant focuses more on touring comfort with adjustable windscreen, taller suspension and longer travel forks for light off-road use. However, it doesn’t get any rally specific accessories or bodywork like the Multistrada 950 Rally. The standard Multistrada V4 remains the more track and sport focused variant.
Should you buy it?
The Multistrada V4 Rally makes for an appealing long distance touring motorcycle with light off-road abilities. Its V4 engine delivers great performance and usability across a wide rpm range. Features like adjustable suspension, quickshifter, various rider aids and full LED lighting make it a very well equipped tourer.
At Rs 29.72 lakh, it certainly doesn’t come cheap but you do get Ducati’s legendary V4 powerplant, premium cycleparts and cutting edge technology. Service costs may be on the higher side compared to Japanese rivals. It takes on the BMW R 1250 GS as the benchmark in this segment but has its own distinct Italian flavour and character.
If you want a do-it-all motorcycle that can tackle highways as well as take you off the beaten path on weekends, the Multistrada V4 Rally makes for an enticing choice. Its blend of performance, touring comfort and technology makes it an exciting proposition for long distance tourers and enthusiasts. While not as focused as the BMW, it offers a unique experience that only Ducati can provide.
In conclusion, Ducati’s Multistrada range has been expanded with the touring-oriented Multistrada V4 Rally. Priced at Rs 29.72 lakh, it takes on the BMW R 1250 GS as the industry standard in this luxury adventure class and undercuts the regular Multistrada V4. Long-distance touring enthusiasts will find the Rally an exciting option thanks to its advanced features, adaptability and V4 performance.
Here are some key highlights of the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally:
- Powerful 1,158cc Granturismo V4 engine producing 170hp. This provides excellent power for touring and off-road riding.
- Advanced electronic rider aids like cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, etc. for enhanced safety.
- Sophisticated suspension with high-quality Marzocchi front forks and Sachs rear shock. Increased travel for off-road use.
- 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels for superior strength and puncture resistance.
- Wide 150/70 front and 170/60 rear tires for sure-footed handling on any surface.
- Advanced electronics package with 6-axis IMU, cornering lights, blind spot detection and more.
- Large 6.5-inch TFT display with extensive connectivity options.
- Extensive wind protection from the tall adjustable windscreen and hand guards.
- Generous ground clearance of 220mm for managing difficult terrain.
- Lightweight trellis frame designed for strength, stability, and comfort.
- Generous fuel capacity of 32 liters to allow long range touring.
- Rally-inspired graphics and styling enhance the adventure-touring character.
So in summary, cutting-edge performance, advanced electronics and enhanced touring/off-road ability for ambitious adventure rides.