Ducati stated its plans to launch 5 latest models – the Monster 797, Multistrada 950, Super Sport, Scrambler Desert Sled and Scrambler Café Racer – in India this year. Now we see the launch of the entry-level variants of the Multistrada and the Monster, the Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950. The new, entry-level, smaller-engined Ducati Multistrada 950 is not as sophisticated as its bigger sibling, the 1200, but is a tremendously capable machine in its own right. Significantly, the lack of some cutting-edge electronics, suspension and smaller motor have allowed Ducati to price it at Rs.12.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) – closely Rs.3 lakh lower than the Multistrada 1200.
This will help it contest directly with the exceptionally popular Triumph Tiger 800 series, and we are sure that will get adventure-touring enthusiasts very excited. It puts out 113hp of highest power and 96.2Nm of peak torque. The more affordable launch today was the Monster 797, priced at Rs.7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) which makes it a couple of lakhs cheaper than the Monster 821. It gives electronics like traction control and riding modes a miss, but Anti-lock Breaking System has been retained. This is the new, entry-level bike in the Monster range and is powered by the 803cc L-twin motor from the Scrambler range that’s good for 75hp of peak power and 68.9Nm of torque. In performance, it drops in the crosshairs of Kawasaki’s naked, the Z650, but pricing puts it into the Triumph Street Triple’s range.