Is This a Ducati Multistrada 848 or a Hypermotard 848?

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Spy photos have emerged of what appears to be a new liquid-cooled Ducati model As you can tell from the utilitarian-looking exhaust, it’s still a prototype, but the production version could be ready for this fall’s EICMA show. It’s not clear at this point whether this new model will be a new Hypermotard or possibly a new mid-sized Multistrada.

At first glance, the front “beak” fender and hand guards evokes the existing Ducati Hypermotards, but existing Hypermotard 796 and 1100EVO are both air-cooled and this model is liquid-cooled.

The Multistrada 1200 is liquid-cooled and also sports a side-mounted exhaust while the Hypermotards use twin underseat exhausts.The Multistrada has been far more successful than the Ducati’s Hypermotard line, and it seems odd to add a new liquid-cooled model to the air-cooled Hyper line. A new, smaller Multistrada slotted under the Ducati Multistrada 1200 makes more sense than another Hypermotard.

Based on Ducati’s usual pattern of repurposing engines from its sportbikes to its other product lines, along with the recent introduction of the 848 Streetfighter, the logical assumption would be this new model will use the same 849cc Testastretta V-Twin engine as the 848.

[Source: Il Ducatista, Ducati.ms]

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  • Timbo

    Really hope this is a smaller Multistrada! I owned a Multi 620 for several years and really loved it. Hopefully Ducati will do away with the electronic do-dads of the 1200 Multi, and create a more ‘natural’, smaller displacement Multi to compete again the BMW GS800 and Triumph Tiger 800. My only concern is that pricing will be too high, and buyers will opt to get the Yamaha Tenere or Tiger Explorer.

  • alessandro secondo

    ducati motorcycles makes the fantastic seem all racing bikes

  • ray bernabe

    HYPERMOTARD 848 SP AT THE SHOW IN CLEVELAND OH . WOW . I WILL RIDE A DUCATI THIS YEAR . GOOD MOVE GUYS THAT BIKE LOOKED AWSOME .