The 2016 Ducati’s are here! Today at the Ducati World Première, the Italian company has shown to the word that it is now willing to shed its ‘sport’ only image. It has jumped right into the deep end of the cruiser world with the new Ducati XDiavel and from there gone to the extreme other end with the new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2. Both these new machines are totally new territory for the company. But the list of new models does not end there. Also unveiled was as all new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the Hypermotard 939 family, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak edition and the 959 Panigale.
Let’s start with the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2. Named in accordance to the year that Ducati made it big in the US market, the Sixty2 is a 400cc Scrambler that will for sure be the motorcycle driving volumes for the company. The L-Twin engine has two valves per cylinder and is air cooled. It produces 41 HP at 8750 rpm and 34.3 Nm at 7750 rpm. It also has a low seat height of 780 mm, weighs 183 kgs kerb and gets ABS as standard. In short a fun little comfortable machine that can be your daily ride and also the machine that doubles up as your companion for those impromptu short rides. Ducati for sure will want to take on the Street 750 from Harley with this motorcycle so expect a killer pricing somewhere in the range of 4 lakh ex-showroom. Also a second version of the Scrambler 400 will be launched at a later date before this year ends.
The Ducati XDiavel cruiser is the first ever belt driven Ducati. Ducati are promoting this new cruiser using the words “low speed excitement” but do not get fooled by that. The new engine on the XDiavel produces 156 HP at 9500 rpm and a massive 128.9 Nm of torque at a low 5000 RPM. The foot pegs are of-course forward set, but they are adjustable and can suit many riders. Ducati have also packed it with a lot of electronics. The XDiavel will get traction control, launch control, cornering assist ABS, riding modes and an inertial measurement unit. It will be available in two versions, the basic XDiavel and the XDiavel S version.
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro too is a totally new motorcycle. Although it looks a lot like the existing Multistrada, the Enduro version will go places where no Ducati has gone before; at least that’s what Ducati says. Built as a pure take it anywhere motorcycle, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro is the company’s answer to the R1200 GS’s and the KTM Adventures that have been dominating the ADV market for many years now. It gets a bigger 30 litre tank, 19 inch tyres at the front and again a ton of electronics ranging from riding modes, wheelie control and traction control to cornering assist headlights.
The Hypermotard family that includes the Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and the Hyperstrada 939 get the new 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° engine. It produces 113 HP and is now made compliant with the Euro4 emissions norms. And finally we have the 959 Panigale which is the replacement for the 899. The 955 cc engine now produces 157 Hp at 9500 rpm. The slightly higher capacity has enabled Ducati to ensure there is no loss in power when it moved to the Euro4 norms.
With these new models Ducati sure looks on course to break their own record of 50,000 units next year. For sure the Scrambler Sixty2 will play a huge part.