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.

Source: Ducati

  • Shawn

    Hmmm, seems no one is running to apologize for being know-it-all jerks. Typical. I’ll miss the gold fork tubes though.

  • Mark

    Put that DS motor in a new 1198 Streetfighter, please, I beg of you!

  • Patrick

    Pretty much what I was going to say as well Shawn, everyone is quick to judge and comment but slow to apologize when they are wrong. I do however like the more subdued silver tubes. This may just have to be my number 2 Ducati to add to my garage, still having a hard time deciding between this and a Diavel though.

  • Gritboy

    Me likey… including the new black tubes.

  • hey the flak was well deserved. The shot of the top of the head yesterday was, in fact, the secondary air injection system. The dual plug setup couldn’t be seen at all. They did get it right though somehow.

  • MikeD

    WOW! Weren’t they saying this new 11* 1198 on the Multi was much cleaner than the one on the 1198 Superbike because of the smaller valve overlap ?

    EGR ? Seriously ! ? The same system used on cages ? ! WOW. Man, they are not kidding with emissions requirements these days and sure not making life anyeasier for any motorcycle or car OEM.
    Don’t get me wrong, i like to breathe clean air as much as the biggest tree hugger but damn, u know shit is getting rough OR engines are getting dirtier by the year when even bikes are getting slapped with EGR systems…on top already of catalitics converters and fresh air injection systems.

    What’s next ? Urea injection like diesels ? (O.0)

    P.S: Yeah, i can see how they wanted(more like needed) two plugs to lite up each 600cc cylinder.
    P.S.2: I can’t wait for them to completely ditch those STINKING TIMING BELTs and go fully enclosed chain-gears hybrid system like the 1199 engine.

  • Damo


    I am with you on that. I am so glad Ducati is finally making engines that don’t require expensive ass yearly service intervals.