May 21, 2024

Nine new 2016 Ducati models revealed

Ducati has unveiled nine new models at the EICMA show in Milan.

Firstly, there are two new versions of the Ducati Scrambler, the Flat Track Pro and the Scrambler Sixty2.

The Scrambler Flat Track Pro is a sportier version of the standard 803cc machine fitted with a new Termignoni exhaust and flatter handlebars. Visually the bike is otherwise very similar to the standard model, except for the inclusion of race number plates on the front and sides of the bike.

The Scrambler Sixty2 is the 400cc version we predicted and derives its name from the year the Scrambler was originally released – 1962.

It’s powered by a Euro 4 compliant 400cc V-twin engine that produces 31 kW of power and 34Nm of torque.

The Scrambler sub-brand is very important to Ducati and has helped to put Ducati in the top 10 sellers worldwide for the first time in the company’s history. The new lower capacity bike should appeal to younger and less experienced riders and improve that position even more.

Ducati is also displaying its all-new Multistrada 1200 Enduro all-terrain motorcycle at the show.

As the first truly off road capable Ducati, it has 250mm of ground clearance and 200mm of suspension travel and 30 litre tank to increase range.

The more road oriented Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak tourer has also been unveiled. Named in honour of the famous Colorado hill climb, this bike has been given some suspension an performance tweaks.

Both of these bikes run the 1199cc Testastretta 11 degree engine with Desmodromic Variable Timing that produces 119kW and 136Nm of torque.

A new Hypermotard range includes the Hypermotard 939, a sportier Hypermotard 939 SP version and the Hyperstrada 939 touring bike.

The engine in all three bikes is an updated version of the 821cc L-Twin Testastretta 11 degree used in previous models. The engine capacity has been increased to 937cc, power is up to 84kW with a maximum torque figure of 98Nm.

All three bikes come with ABS and Traction Control, adjustable Ohlins suspension and lightweight Machesini wheels.

Ducati has never really been considered a “cruiser” manufacturer but the newly designed XDiavel has landed right in that market – with a difference.

The XDiavel and XDiavel S is a powerful mix of cruiser characteristics and a high performance muscle bike. It has forward mounted pegs, a maximum lean angle of 40 degrees and is the first Ducati to use belt drive.

It runs a 1,262cc Testastretta DVT engine that produces 116kW and 128Nm of maximum torque.

And one more, there’s a new Panigale 959. The smallest Panigale has been given a boost in capacity to 955cc with the engine now producing 117kW and 107Nm. Apart from a few cosmetic touches, the bike remains almost the same as the Panigale 898 it replaces.

Steve McDowall