Having a look over Ducati's product line-up in India, we have seen a quite impressive scenario in 2015. When re-entered last year, the automaker has launched a variety of new machines with a proper game plan. Apparently, the Italian marquee has given a thought to introduce some new offerings this current season and therefore may launch the middleweight sportster Panigale 959 here by mid 2016. Besides this, Multistrada 1200 Enduro may make its move as well in India during the 2016 festive season as the production of motorcycle will start soon in Thailand. The bike has already made its global debut at 2015 Milan Motorcycle event.
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Presently, the 'regular' version of the Multistrada is already manufacturing in Thailand, which is on sale for a couple of years. Alongside this, many new updates have also been introduced like LED headlamps, semi-active suspension and reworked design of the fairing with increased air intakes. Well, the 2016 Multistrada is going to get bulk of new goodies as well, including cornering ABS, traction and wheelie control, ride-by-wire and adjustable riding modes. Moreover, it will be sporting cruise control for the first time. The bike also acquire hill hold function and aluminium panniers as additional components.
Talking about the mechanical stuff, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro gets an updated version of Ducati’s tried and tested 1,198cc Testastretta V-twin unit that have used Desmodromic variable valve timing. The mill burns out 160PS of power with a peak torque marked to be 136NM. The power figure is 10PS more than the older version, whereas the torque is recorded to be same as of the ominous Kawasaki Ninja H2. Apart from this, the monster Mulistrada is equipped with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to measure the rate of change in yaw, roll and lean points.
The regular version of the bike has been on sale in India since past 2015, and we will see the Enduro model very soon in the country. When launched, it is going to lock the horns of the well-known Touring machines, namely, BMW R1200GS and Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer. Expect the motorcycle to start its journey with a price tag of around INR 18 lakhs.