Ducati World Première 2018
Five new models at the Ducati for 2018: Panigale V4, Scrambler 1100, Multistrada 1260, 959 Panigale Corse and Monster 821
The first 2018 bike to be revealed was the Ducati Scrambler 1100 which completes the range by adding a third engine to the ‘Land of Joy’. The Scrambler 1100 also comes in a Special version, which draws its inspiration from the custom world, and a Sport version. The Multistrada 1260 has been revamped with a new chassis set-up, more advanced electronics and a styling upgrade. Mounting the new Ducati 1262 cm3 Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine, it also features a new chassis set-up, more modern electronics and a re-style that includes side ‘wings’ and sportier-looking wheels. The Ducati ‘multibike’ comes in several versions: the S version offers semi-active suspension and S D|Air – which maximises safety thanks to integration with an airbag-equipped jacket – while the Pikes Peak, the sportiest Multistrada version, features Öhlins mechanical suspension and forged aluminium wheels.
The 959 Panigale Corse, a concentrate of Ducati power and performance maintains the tradition of Ducati twin cylinder sport bikes. It is characterised by new exclusive components and an eye-catching livery. The new Monster 821, which has undergone a major makeover to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Last but not least, the Panigale V4, the start of a new chapter in the Ducati story and already a frontrunner to win the ‘best looking bike’ of EICMA 2017. This factory bike comes closer to being a MotoGP prototype than anything ever seen is the first mass-produced Ducati bike to mount a 4-cylinder engine derived directly from the Desmosedici GP. The new Ducati supersport family is a concentrate of technology, style and performance. Constituting a new chapter in the company’s history, it also includes the exclusive, limited edition, individually numbered Panigale V4 Speciale.
‘Ducati is a global brand with a solid Italian core: sporting spirit, excellence in design, a love of beauty and a capacity to arouse great passion and build unique experiences’, stated Claudio Domenicali CEO of Ducati. ‘We’re a 1,600-person orchestra. We’ve come a long way. Today, we conceive, design, and build inimitable motorcycles. Every day, together with our dealers, over 5,000 people all over the world are committed to providing motorcyclists from 93 countries with nothing less than perfection! Motorcyclists whose appreciation of our work and bikes is growing constantly. The year 2017 will, in fact, be the best in our history, the culmination of eight straight years of growth. With these latest bikes in the 2018 range we aim to continue the ‘symphony’ that stems from a team effort in which all members of the ‘orchestra’ interact in perfect harmony, each providing individual excellence to breathe life into our fantastic motorcycles.’