Ducati is reportedly working on a better version of the Multistrada 1200, which, in all likelihood, will be launched sometime in 2018. Documents filed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) show a new Ducati Multistrada 1260 model being listed. The Multistrada 1260 will use a 1,262 cc engine, most likely grounded on the present Testastretta DVT engine used in the XDiavel. But the engine won’t be in the same state of tune as the XDiavel. The desmodromic valve timing engine is predictable to be the most powerful on a Multistrada model yet and is probable to be even more powerful than the XDiavel.
The XDiavel makes 156 bhp of maximum power and the Multistrada 1260 is expected to have a higher rev limit as well as more horsepower, possibly around 170 bhp. It will also make extra torque than the present Multistrada 1200 due to the larger displacement engine. But it’s still not clear if the new Multistrada 1260 will be an all-new model from the ground up or will just have a new engine on the same platform as the current Multistrada 1200. According to reports, the CARB documents show that the Multistrada 1260 will be available in three versions – the standard Multistrada 1260, the Multistrada 1260 S, and a Pikes Peak edition. There’s no word of an Enduro variant, and Ducati will likely remain with the present engine for the Multistrada Enduro. The 2018 Multistrada 1260 is probable to be unveiled later this year at the EICMA show in November.