Ducati adds yet another model to its Multistrada family with the introduction of the new Multistrada V4 RS
|Ducati has used the fourth episode of its World Première 2024 web series to present its new V4 RS with the Bologna based manufacturer saying that it is the sportiest, most sophisticated and exclusive Multistrada ever created. Produced in a numbered series, the Multistrada V4 RS is the latest addition to the family which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and is equipped with the Desmosedici Stradale engine, derived from that of the Panigale V4.
As well as being equipped with a Desmosedici Stradale powerplant, the Multistrada V4 RS is also equipped with a dry clutch, Akrapovič silencer, and rides on Öhlins suspension, and forged rims. In addition there’s a tuned version of the electronics package from the Multistrada V4 S including its radar technology, plus a titanium rear frame and tail unit designed especially for the RS.
To make the most of the performance of the road Desmosedici, the final ratio has been shortened while keeping the gear ratios unchanged.
Finally, as on the Panigale V4 SP2 and Streetfighter V4 SP2, the Multistrada V4 RS also features a STM-EVO SBK dry clutch made from billet aluminium.
To improve thermal comfort, the Desmosedici Stradale has been designed to deactivate the rear bank when the bike is stationary, in neutral and with the engine temperature above 70°. To offer greater comfort on cooler temperatures the ducts that channel fresh air to the rider’s legs, can be closed.
The maintenance interval for checking valve clearance on the Multistrada V4 RS is every 30,000 km.
The electronic equipment of the Multistrada V4 RS, thanks to the information obtained from the Bosch inertial platform, is made up of 4 Power Modes (Full, High, Medium, Low), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down.
On the V4 RS, the Full Power Mode (associated by default with the Race Riding Mode, characterized by a chequered flag above the name) is introduced for the first time in the Multistrada family; this delivers maximum power in all gears, with a prompt response from the throttle. The other Power Modes have been calibrated for use on the Multistrada V4. In particular:
The Multistrada V4 RS is also equipped with EBC (Engine Brake Control) adjustable on three levels, which allows the rider to customize the engine braking depending on riding style and context.
The V4 RS features new graphics on the dashboard, which presents a control panel on the main screen with functionality similar to the Infomode Track of the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter V4. This drop-down menu displays the levels set for DTC, ABS and DWC in the selected riding mode. Furthermore, the intervention of Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control is highlighted by a flashing of the corresponding drop-down element and the lighting of the upper right corner of the dashboard.
The TFT dashboard with 6.5″ screen, and dedicated Multistrada V4 RS by graphics, enables you to view the map navigator thanks to Ducati Connect, which allows you to mirror your mobile device. The smartphone compartment has forced ventilation, to cool the phone during intensive use of the navigation functions and while charging.
Chassis and ergonomics
Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspensions as used on the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, has been recalibrated to obtain the best balance between comfort in relaxed riding and support in sporty riding.
The braking system derives directly from that of the Panigale V4. At the front, the system includes 330 mm diameter discs and Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, similar to the Multistrada V4 S, to which are added the pads of the Panigale V4. At the rear the system includes a single 265 mm diameter disc on which a Brembo floating caliper works. The control, with regressive kinematics, has a smaller pumping element, thus improving power and modulation. The system is managed by the Bosch-Brembo 10.3ME Cornering ABS system.
In addition to the carbon fibre and titanium elements, a small battery has been adopted to further reduce weight resulting in the RS being a claimed 3kg lighter than the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak.
The new V4 RS offers sportier ergonomics than the Multistrada V4, with higher and further back footrests to increase the maximum lean angle. The handlebar, rigidly fixed to the triple clamp for improved feel, is lower, narrower and has a less accentuated curvature.