Ducati India finally has confirmed that the company will be launching the new Multistrada 1260 motorcycle in the Indian market on June 19. The new Multistrada 1260 will be introduced as a successor to the Ducati Multistrada 1200 which will get Ducati's Testastretta DVT 1,262 cc engine, new chassis, more advanced electronics. Aesthetically, the motorcycle gets updated fairing panels and lighter yet sportier wheels.
In the international market, the Multistrada 1260 motorcycle is offered in 4 variants - Multistrada 1260, Multistrada 1260 S, Multistrada 1260 D|Air and Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak. However, the Indian market will be see the arrival of 1260 and Multistrada 1260 S variants only.
As far as the mechanical front is concerned, the motorcycle is powered by a 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine. The Euro 4 compliant unit is tuned to generate 158 hp of maximum power and 129.5 Nm of torque. The transmission duties will be carried out 6-speed gearbox and S variant also gets Quick Shifter system. Moreover, the around 85% of power is available @ 3,500 rpm whereas the delivery @ 5,500 rpm is 18% more than the predecessor.
Coming to the features, the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 will come equipped with Bosch IMU, Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL), full LED headlight, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and more. Also, the Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) will be introduced as standard fitment on the Multistrada 1260 motorcycle.
Once launched in the Indian market, the new Multistrada 1260 motorcycle will be pitted against the likes of Triumph Tiger 1200 and the BMW R 1200 GS. The motorcycle is likely to be priced around Rs. 17 lakh to 18 lakh (ex-showroom).