Ducati launches Scrambler 800 at Rs 789,000

by Firoze Irani, Autocar India 26 Apr 2019


Ducati has launched the updated Scrambler 800 range in India. The range consists of the Scrambler Icon that is priced at Rs 789,000, the Desert Sled that costs Rs 993,000, the Cafe Racer that will set you back by Rs 978,000 and the Full Throttle that is priced at Rs 892,000 (ex-showroom India). The new models feature cosmetic tweaks, new tech and more features. Deliveries for the Scrambler 800 Icon, Desert Sled and Cafe Racer will begin in a few days, while the Full Throttle will only make its way to customers by June. Sergi Canovas Garriga (in picture), managing director, Ducati India was present at the launch

In comparison, prices for the older Scrambler Icon started at Rs 728,000, while, the older Desert Sled and Cafe Racer were pegged at Rs 937,000. The Full Throttle, meanwhile, was priced at Rs 853,000 (prices, ex-showroom Delhi). This means, the Scrambler Icon now costs around Rs 61,000 more, the Desert Sled is pricier by around Rs 56,000, the Cafe Racer’s price has now gone up by Rs 41,000 and the Full Throttle now carries a premium of Rs 39,000.

One of the most significant updates on the new Scrambler range is the addition of cornering ABS. This system allows the dual-channel system to work more efficiently when the rider makes the motorcycle lean during cornering. Interestingly, the Scrambler is the most affordable motorcycle in India to feature this safety tech. For 2019, the Icon also gets 10-spoke alloy wheels that look identical to the ones on the Scrambler 1100. Other changes on the Icon include a flatter seat than before.   

The Scramblers also get some revisions to the instrument cluster (fuel gauge and gear indicator), more premium switchgear and adjustable levers. The Desert Sled gets a dedicated, off-road mode as well. Lastly, the new models can be equipped with the Ducati Multimedia System (that offers Bluetooth connectivity) as an optional extra. When paired, the screen will display calls, messages and music information.

Like the older model, the Desert Sled continues to come equipped with a cross-strut on the handlebar, front stem protectors, a high-mounted front mudguard and a longer rear mudguard. Similarly, the Café Racer continues to use clip-on handlebars, bar-end mirrors, a different front mudguard and a cafe racer-styled seat. Both these models also use wire-spoke wheels. The Full Throttle, on the other hand, uses a low handlebar, flat-track inspired seat, sportier tail and a small front mudguard.

Powering the Scramblers is an 803cc L-twin that produces the same 73.4hp at 8,250rpm and 67Nm of torque at 5,750rpm.

While the bikes have no direct rivals in India at present, competition to the Scrambler Icon comes in the form of the Triumph Street Twin that is priced at Rs 745,000. The closest competitor to the Cafe Racer, meanwhile, is Harley-Davidson’s Street Rod, which costs Rs 653,000 (prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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