The Italian motorcycle brand, Ducati has released detail specifications for its 2013 Multistrada 1200 lineup. The 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 line-up consist of Multistrada standard, S, S Touring, S Pikes Peak, and the all-new Multistrada S Granurismo. Like the 2012 model year, the new 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 still comes with 4 Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Enduro), Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The big difference between the new 2013 models with the previous models is, all new 2013 versions will be powered by Ducati’s second generation engine called the Testastretta 11° DS engine, which comes with twin spark plugs to help meet emission control standards.
The new 1198cc 90-degree V-Twin engine on 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 produces more torque, 12.7kgm (91.8lb-ft) compared to the previous 87.5 ft-lb, however maximum power delivered remains unchanged with 150 hp in Sports and Touring ride modes, while in Urban and Enduro configurations, power is limited to 100 hp.
For 2013, Multistrada models also features enhanced aesthetics, the latest ABS, and on the “S” versions will come equipped with an innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). With 48mm Sachs front forks and rear single shock, the Ducati Skyhook Suspension system constantly re-adjusts damping on the fly using information from the wheel sensors. The Ducati Skyhook Suspension also adjusts accordingly to match the whatever mode selected by the rider.
The base Ducati Multistrada 1200 also uses a Sachs rear single shock, but it is fitted with 50mm Marzocchi front forks. For safety, brakes are radially-mounted on four-piston calipers from Brembo and the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 models except the base model are equipped with a Bosch 9ME anti-lock braking system.
Other features on 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 includes new higher and wider windshield, which now feature 60mm of vertical adjustment and can be easily adjusted with a pinch-and-slide mechanism.
The new 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo version comes standard with LED headlights with low-beam illumination, heated grips, and central stand, engine bars, 73 liter sidecases and a 48 liter top case. The S Touring version has 58 liter side bags, heated grips and a center stand. The Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak edition doesn’t get heated grips, central stand and storage bags as standard, but comes with the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race livery, forged Marchesini wheels, carbon fiber screen, front and rear fenders and cambelt covers, while European models will also get a Termignoni carbon fiber silencer.
The new 2013 Multistrada line-up make their first public appearance at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The sales will begin from December 2012.