There have been a lot of late, espresso-fueled nights in Borgo Panigale. In addition to the Monster 1200 R introduced in September (click here to read our 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R review), Ducati is rolling out nine more new models for 2016. The Multistrada 1200/S, which was updated for 2015 with a 160-horsepower, Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) version of the 1,198cc Testastretta L-twin and many other improvements, will be offered in two new variants.
Returning to the lineup for 2016 is the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak, with special racing livery, fully adjustable Öhlins fork and TTX36 rear shock, Termignoni carbon fiber exhaust and carbon fiber components. The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is adventure-ready with tubeless spoked wheels, a larger 19-inch front wheel, 7.9 gallons of fuel capacity (up from 5.3), conventional two-sided swingarm, Ducati’s full electronics package including new Ducati Vehicle Hold and semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo. Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro personalization packages add accessories for different riding styles.
Joining the Diavel and Diavel Carbon is the new XDiavel/S, which adopts more conventional cruiser features. The new Testastretta DVT 1262 L-twin delivers maximum torque (94.7 lb-ft, claimed) at just 5,000 rpm, 3,000 rpm lower than on the Diavel, with slightly lower horsepower (156, down from 162). Four footrest positions, five different seats and three different handlebars offer 60 different ergonomic configurations, and the XDiavel is the first Ducati with belt final drive. Equipped with a Bosch IMU, standard electronics include traction control, cornering ABS, riding modes, cruise control and launch control. The S-model has special paint, higher-spec components and other goodies.
Ducati’s popular Scrambler line, which debuted for 2015 with the standard Icon model and three factory-custom variants, will expand to include the Scrambler Flat Track Pro, with lower handlebars, a low-slung Termignoni exhaust, special tank, flyscreen, grips and seat, short front fender, rear number plate holders, alloy wheels and lots of billet aluminum parts, as well as the Scrambler Sixty2, a smaller 399cc, 41-horsepower version aimed at new riders. It comes in three unique colors (Atomic Tangerine, Ocean Grey or Shining Black) and has unique styling elements.
The Hypermotard line has been updated, with three models powered by a middleweight version of the Testastretta 11° L-twin that has grown from 821cc to 937cc, boosting output to 113 horsepower and increasing torque by 10 percent (claimed). The Hypermotard 939 has a Kayaba fork, Sachs shock, 33.5-inch seat height, 399-pound dry weight and Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires. Inspired by MotoGP, the Hypermotard 939 SP gets race livery, Öhlins suspension, increased ride height for 47.5 degrees of lean angle (raising seat height to 35 inches), a 392-pound dry weight and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. The touring-ready Hyperstrada 939 comes with a windscreen, taller handlebars, a more comfortable seat (at a more manageable 31.9 inches), semi-rigid saddlebags, a centerstand, dual power sockets and Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires.
Ducati also updated its middleweight sportbike for 2016. The 959 Panigale gets a displacement boost, from 898cc to 955cc, increasing claimed output to 157 horsepower. It also gets revised bodywork and comes with a full suite of race-ready electronics.
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