Ducati Multistrada V4 spotted out in the wilderness

The Ducati Multistrada V4 is slowly unravelling itself ahead of its anticipated debut after new 'spy' shots reveal its capabilities off the beaten track

Ducati Multistrada V4 S

We are just weeks away from it being unveiled under spotlights but here are the clearest shots yet of the much anticipated Ducati Multistrada V4, spotted getting its tyres muddy near Ducati’s factory.

The images, picked up by Revzilla, look a touch professionally done to be coincidental spy snaps in our eyes but high-resolution means a chance to clasp our eyes on the updates being made to Ducati’s multi-talented sports-tourer ADV.

Indeed, the Multistrada has steadily gotten rougher and tougher to meet the demands of an increasingly adventure-focused market, so the fact these shots are exclusively off-road suggests to us the new Ducati Multistrada V4 S will be honed towards going further into the wilderness than before. 

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It’s been a long gestation period for the latest model in the Ducati family to receive the V4, with spy shots dating back so far many assumed the bike would make its bow at the 2019 Ducati World Premiere multi-model launch event. Instead, Ducati just confirmed its existence, so we can expect to see the production model bow at the 2020 event, even if Ducati - in the absence of EICMA - are leaving it to confirm a date, if it’s going ahead at all.

The offering of a V4 engine will come in tandem with a facelift, which will see a revised front-end, a double-sided swingarm introduced and conventional frame incorporated to support the new engine.

The Ducati Multistrada V4 will also live up to its flagship status by including a wealth of new technology features in the name of safety. A close look at the front-end appears to show a device that incorporates a radar receiver for a collision-avoidance system and blind spot alert, becoming one of the first models on the market to offer it. 

Launched originally as a sports tourer, the Ducati Multistrada - now Ducati’s best-selling model globally - has steadily morphed into the ‘SUV’ of motorcycles. Earlier this month Ducati went at lengths to showcase the 1260 Enduros off-road chops by winning its category in the 2020 Transanatolia Rally in Turkey, an off-road competition designed for more honed machines but one which the Ducati held its own admirably.