A bigger burlier version of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 is set to come to a dealership near you in 2018, as documents filed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) show a new Ducati Multistrada 1260 model is in the works.
Spotted by the eagle-eyes at Motorcycle.com, the 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 is surely the Italian company’s popular adventure-tourer, now with the XDiavel’s potent 1,262cc engine inside its chassis.
For those who haven’t swung a leg over the machine it resides within, the Ducati XDiavel engine is the cream of the Testastretta, making a potent 156hp in its power cruiser application, with Ducati variable valve technology installed.
Judging from the the CARB documents, this potent motor could be set to make even more power in its ADV form, however.
Ducati’s documents with CARB show that the Ducati Multistrada 1260 produces nearly double the hydrocarbon of the XDiavel, and triple the levels of carbon monoxide. Where there is exhaust, there is power – all other things being equal, of course.
The increase in power is surely due to Ducati being able to maximize engine performance on its “Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262” engine, likely through a bigger airbox and other modifications made to how the engine breathes.
As such, we would expect to see the 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 shipping with power in the 170hp range. What we don’t know though is whether this new model name represents a ground-up redesign for the popular Multistrada, or whether it is merely an update with a new engine design.
Our speculation will turn to answers in a few months’ time though, as we expect to see the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 debut at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, in November. Stay tuned!