Yesterday, we broke the news that Ducati’s second-generation Testastretta 11° motor features a dual-spark configuration, and we got a bit of flak in the comments section of that article over that claim. Well, today Ducati has released the technical specifications of the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 line, and the Italian company has confirmed a dual-spark setup in what it is now calling the Testastretta 11° DS engine.
The new Testastretta 11° DS engine is mostly the result of the ever-tightening emissions standards in Europe, though the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 (along with the other bikes that will get the Testastretta 11° DS engine) benefits from a smoother power delivery, as well as increased mid-range power and torque. Accordingly, peak torque on the Multistrada 1200 goes from 87.5 lbs•ft to 91.8 lbs•ft for 2013. Zesty.
Ducati lists other engine technologies making their way from the Ducati 1199 Panigale and onto the revised Ducati Multistrada 1200, which our sources tell us includes an exhaust recirculation system that borrows heavily from the Panigale’s design.
Bologna has also confirmed that Sachs is providing the company with its semi-active suspension components, which are being marketed as the Ducati Skyhook Suspension package. Other changes to the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 include LED marker lights, along with an updated ABS package that features the Bosch ABS 9ME anti-locking brakes system.