DUCATI have unveiled their sportiest and most powerful Multistrada to date, with the launch of the V4 Pikes Peak. Dressed in a new MotoGP-inspired livery, it is expected to land in Australian dealerships from Q2 of 2022.
The Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is based on the Multistrada V4 platform, with a focus on the performance, smoothness and reliability offered by the V4 Granturismo engine, combined with an emphasis on contained weight, ease of handling, and rider comfor.
State-of-the-art equipment and electronics also form part of the cornerstones of the Multistrada V4 family. Building from these solid foundations, the new V4 Pikes Peak was developed.
It introduces significant changes in terms of chassis setup, premium ergonomics, and electronic controls, as well as numerous dedicated components, which give the bike a distinctly sportier attitude compared to the standard Multistrada V4.
A 17-inch front wheel and single-sided swingarm feature on the Pikes Peak variant, with the racing soul of the bike intensified by the dedicated “Pikes Peak” livery, faithfully inspired both in colours and graphics by that of the Desmosedici GP ’21.
Even the number plates on both sides of the fuel tank contribute to highlight the deep link with the world of competition. The new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak also comes with a wide range of components made of carbon fibre.
It also features an Akrapovič titanium and carbon silencer (road-approved), as well as low smoked plexi, Öhlins front forks with anodised gold legs, and a two-tone black and red rear saddle embellished with the V4 logo. The Ducati Corse badge is applied to the “beak”.
The chassis too is part of the revolution, and has been significantly revised for improved precision and responsiveness. Fitted with sports road tyres and mounts, and 2.7kg lighter Marchesini forged aluminium rims, its behaviour is more dynamic.
A reduction of total weight compared to the Multistrada V4 S (4kg) also contributes. Additionally, Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension also guarantees brilliant performance in sports riding, through the use of an “event based” mode.
It’s the setup adopted by the Panigale V4 S and Streetfighter V4 S, which automatically adjusts the setting according to the user’s riding style. The aluminium monocoque frame has been refreshed too, to achieve a different inclination of the steering head.
The trail and wheelbase geometry have been recalibrated according to the different uses of the motorcycle as well. The braking system of the new V4 Pikes Peak is at the top of the segment and derives directly from that of the Panigale V4.
At the front, the system includes 330mm diameter discs and Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers, like the Multistrada V4 S, to which are added the pads of the Panigale V4. At the rear, the system features a single 265mm diameter disc with a Brembo floating calliper.
The new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak also stands out even for its dedicated ergonomics, specifically designed to ensure maximum control and optimise lean angles, including revised foot pegs, which are now higher and moved back to increase maximum lean angle.
The handlebar is lower, narrower and has contained curved bars too, with the final result offering a more sporty feel while while maintaining an excellent level of comfort.
The new Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is powered by the most powerful engine within the category, the admired V4 Granturismo, achieving 127kW (170HP) with a maximum torque of 125Nm. It’s extremely lightweight and compact.
With a displacement of 1160cc, the V4 Granturismo engine has been optimised to intensify the characteristics of the bike and features some innovations. Among these, the introduction of the Race Riding mode, which represents a first for Multistrada models.
The Race option adds a racing strategy for the limiter, which intervenes more gradually than in the normal Multistrada V4, in order to alert the rider in advance and allow a more effective sporty drive in terms of gear changes, within the high area of the rev counter.
The quick shifter also has a dedicated strategy that allows extremely aggressive
downshifts, as well as the implementation of an even more direct throttle response in High Power mode.
Ducati wheelie control on the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak has an updated strategy too, that offers an even better response and a more accurate control during dynamic riding.
ABS Cornering has also been configured to be safe and performing in whatever riding situation, even in the sportiest.
The Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak also inherits the latest generation and sophisticated electronic package of the Multistrada V4 S, which includes radar technology both at the front and rear, adding adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.
The 6.5-inch TFT dashboard, also available as standard on the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, allows the user to view navigation maps via smartphone mirroring, thanks to the advanced Ducati Connect system.
Ride away pricing will start at $44,500 in Australia ($46,495 in New Zealand). For further information, please contact your local Ducati dealer.