There has been a bit of back and forth on internet rumors regarding when the so-called Ducati Multistrada V4 would debut, and now we have another piece to that puzzle.
While we know that we will see the new Streetfighter V4 debut at Ducati’s unveiling event in October, it is less clear if the Italian brand will also debuted a V4-powered ADV bike.
The eagle-eyes at Moto.it though have seen EPA filings for a 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 GT, which doesn’t seem like a big deal on its face (the model generally just adds items from the Ducati Performance catalog to the Multistrada model), but it does suggest some interesting things.
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 GT will be Borgo Panigale’s top of the line touring model, and it surely will have a significant on-road bias.
And most importantly, knowing this bike is coming up for the 2020 model year makes it difficult then to see room in Ducati’s lineup for a Multistrada V4.
You see, the expectation is that the Ducati Multistrada V4 will be a more road-focused model in Ducati’s adventure-touring lineup, though there’s some debate about whether it will co-exist with the v-twin model.
With the V4 model surely to command a price premium, it is hard to see how Ducati could be releasing two top-tier street bikes alongside each other at Rimini.
What makes more sense is for the Granturismo model to be one last hurrah for the v-twin Multistrada, before it is replaced by the V4 model.
As such, we continue to expect the Ducati Multistrada 1260 GT to debut later this year, with the Multistrada V4 should arrive in time for the 2021 model year.