Ducati to preview 2019 range at EICMA

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Nov 2018


Ducati, the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer has unveiled nine bikes at 'Ducati World Premiere' 2019, the final act of the global dealers' conference held at Milan’s Linear Ciak theatre. The unveiling saw 3 new bikes and the debut of an electric bicycle from the company. These bikes would be showcased at the 2018 EICMA show to be held from November 6.

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, on opening the Ducati World Premiere 2019 said, "This year sees the first major overhaul of the entire Scrambler range since its inception, plus a complete renewal of the Diavel and Hypermotard, two bikes that are firm favourites with Ducatisti. The Panigale V4 R, in fact, is the most powerful factory motorcycle ever built by Ducati.”

Monster 821 stealth

Ahead of the unveiling of the all-new motorcycles, the premiere also saw presentations of the new versions that will join the 2019 range. The new versions that will join the 2019 range include the Monster '25th Anniversary', first seen at WDW2018, and the new Monster '821 stealth' that features matt black livery and red graphics, quick shift system, adjustable fork and nose fairing.

Ducati Multistrada 950 S

The new Multistrada 950 S is said to be a major upgrade of the smallest Ducati 'multibike'. The technology that features in the latest Multistrada includes- electronic Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS), full-LED headlight, 5-inch colour TFT display, Hands-Free system, Cruise Control and backlit switchgear controls. It also features hydraulic control and Bosch cornering ABS.

L-R: Hypermotard 950 SP and Hypermotard 950

The all-new Hypermotard 950, comes with a new look and takes its cue from the supermotard race world through a claimed ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package. A full 4 kg lighter than the previous model, the new Hypermotard 950 mounts a renewed 937cc Testastretta 11 degree engine with 114 hp of power. The electronics package includes Bosch cornering ABS with the 'Slide by Brake' function, Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950).

The Hypermotard 950 SP features a flat seat, Ohlins suspension with increased travel to ensure an acuter lean angle (+3 degree), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.

Diavel 1260 S

The new Diavel 1260 comes withTestastretta DVT 1262 engine, capable of delivering 159 hp (117 kW) at 9,500 rpm and 129 Nm (13.1 kgm) at 7,500 rpm. It comes with an upgraded chassis set-up, Bosch cornering ABS, new tubular steel trellis frame and 17" inch rear wheel with it's 240 mm wide tyre. A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 is also available that features fully adjustable Ohlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system. Moreover, the S version mounts Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.

Panigale V4 S Corse

The Panigale V4 S Corse, created using official Ducati MotoGP team colours, comes with the exact same colour scheme that Michele Pirro rode to victory in the 'Race of Champions' at WDW2018. That bike and the other 11 variants that competed in the race were won by twelve lucky enthusiasts in a global auction that attracted large bids.

Panigale V4 R

The recently developed Panigale V4 R, a road-legal WSBK category competition bike constitutes the technical foundation for the official Ducati superbikes that will compete in the World Championship from the 2019 season. The Desmosedici Stradale 1103 cc engine from the previous version has been replaced with the 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R to comply with displacement limits set by WSBK rules. It is characterised by lighter internal components (which reduce overall bike weight by 2 kg as compared to the Panigale V4S, bringing kerb weight down to just 193 kg). It produces 221 hp (162 kW) of power at 15,250 rpm (EU homologation values), 2,250 rpm higher than the point of peak power on the 1103 cc V4. These figures can be taken even higher by fitting the full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovic, which will boost the maximum power to 234 hp (172 kW) at 15,500 rpm.