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Ducati Unveils Lighter, More Powerful Next-Gen Multistrada V4 Engine

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After months of teasers and speculation, Ducati has finally presented to the public the new V4 Granturismo, the engine that will power the long-awaited new generation of Ducati Multistrada: which is going to be shown to the world Wednesday, November 4.

The engine was presented to the public with a video in which Claudio Domenicali – Ducati CEO – the engineers and technicians who followed its development reveal all its secrets and features. Every single technical choice made during the development of the V4 Granturismo project was aimed at ensuring maximum fluidity of operation combined with a substantial extension of maintenance intervals.

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Built with latest-generation technology, the V4 Granturismo stands out for its record-breaking maintenance intervals for a motorcycle engine. It also distinguishes itself from the outgoing V2 power plant for being a more compact, lightweight, high-performance, torque-rich engine.

Ducati V4 Granturismo engine for MultistradaA counter-rotating crankshaft improves the handling and agility of the bike by allowing it to track straighter and counteract wheelieing under acceleration.
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The new distribution includes a spring valve return system, bringing the maintenance intervals of the V4 Granturismo to 37,282 miles (60,000 km). This was achieved thanks to the in-depth expertise Ducati has acquired in the use of materials, treatments and technical solutions developed around the Desmodromic system. All this, applied to a spring valve return system which stresses the components less if compared to the Desmo. In addition, the engine ensures great regularity of operation at both low revs and loads, without forgetting the outright performance, the power at high revs and the reach of an authentic sports engine: the V4 Granturismo delivers 125 kW (170 hp) at 10,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 92.2 ft-lbs  (125 Nm) at 8.750 rpm. All this respecting the stringent Euro 5 homologation norms.

Ducati V4 Granturismo engine for Multistrada

With the weight of 147 pounds (66.7 kg), the V4 Granturismo can boast being 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg) lighter than the Testastretta twin-cylinder used on the previous Multistrada 1260. The 1,158 cc displacement came out as being the perfect point of connection in terms of performance, lightness and dimension of a V4 engine, capable of being incredibly light and compact. Compared to the previous generation engine, the V4 Granturismo measures 85 mm shorter, 95 mm lower and only 20 mm wider. This compact layout allowed Ducati engineers to house the engine in the frame more effectively and centrally to positively influence the position of the bike’s center of gravity, with all the resulting benefits.

Ducati V4 Granturismo engine for MultistradaThe new V4 Granturismo engine is not only more powerful but also more compact and 2.6 pounds lighter than the old Testastretta Twin-cylinder engine used in the previous Multistrada 1260.

The V4 Granturismo also inherits some elements derived from the experience gained by Ducati in the racing world, such as the decision to adopt a counter-rotating crankshaft, which improves the handling and agility of the bike, and to exploit the “Twin Pulse” technology, capable of offering a full-bodied and manageable power delivery at every speed.

To avoid a reduction in thermal comfort due to the heat transmitted by the rear cylinders, the V4 Granturismo adopts the strategy of deactivating the rear bank at idle. In this way, when the bike is stationary, the combustion process in the cylinders is halted and this improves the thermal comfort of the rider and passenger thanks to the reduction of the temperature while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption.

Ducati’s “Twin Pulse” technology combines a 70° crank offset with the 90° V-engine layout resulting in a firing order sequence that sounds similar to a V-Twin.

V4 Granturismo Technical Data

  • 1158 cc 4-cylinder 90° V engine
  • Bore x stroke 83 x 53.5 mm
  • Compression ratio 14:1
  • Maximum power 170 hp (125kW) at 10,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque 92.2 ft-lbs (125Nm) at 8,750 rpm
  • Euro 5 homologation                              
  • Distribution part chain, part gear – timing with dual overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Counter-rotating crankshaft with crank pins offset at 70°
  • Wet multi-plate anti-patter servo clutch
  • Semi-dry sump lubrication with three oil pumps: 1 delivery and 2 return
  • Fueling with four oval throttle bodies (46 mm diameter equivalent)
  • 6-speed gearbox with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up & Down System                   
  • 37,000 miles (60,000 km) maintenance valves interval
  • Deactivating rear bank

We’ll report back with more information about the all-new Multistrada V4 as it is released. More details about the V4 Granturismo engine can be found at ducati.com.

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