Ducati exec hints the possibility of a larger 1,100cc Scrambler Ducati model.
The immensely successful Scrambler Ducati range is set to welcome yet another new addition as Ducati have reportedly hinted at a new and larger 1,100cc version of the classic lifestyle bike.
(L-R: Scrambler Classic, Scrambler Full Throttle)
Do not get your hopes up of a monstrously powerful Scrambler model with 200hp though as it would go against the model’s core values at being a pure lifestyle bike. Instead, the new Scrambler Sixty2 model’s project manager, Federico Sabbioni, was quoted by a reliable source in stating:
“There’s great possibility to stretch the brand with the 800cc engine, then of course there’s also the possibility to make the bigger engine.”
(L-R: Scrambler Icon, Scrambler Urban Enduro)
Presently, the Scrambler Ducati range boasts six variants that share the same chassis architecture plus an air-cooled Desmodue V-twin propulsion formula. Five of which are powered by the 803cc V-twin including the new Scrambler Flat Track Pro variant introduced during EICMA 2015 last November. (PS, read our test-ride of the Scrambler Icon here.)
Ducati also debuted a sixth new variant that is powered using a downsized 399cc version of its air-cooled Desmodue V-twin called the Scrambler Sixty2. It was introduced alongside the new FlatTrack Pro during EICMA 2015 as well, making it the entry-level offering in its range.
Based on Sabbioni’s hint, ad the Scrambler model range’s trend to use Desmodue air-cooled V-twins, Ducati could incorporate the largest version of said engine series, which is the 1,100cc Desmodue Evoluzione. This 1,100cc mill was last seen in the discontinued Ducati Monster EVO model from 2013, and Ducati will only need to homologate it with strict Euro 4 emissions compliance.
Whether lifestyle riders would actually enjoy a Scrambler model that offered upwards of 100hp is something that remains to be seen, but going a size up seems the only way since Sabbioni also confirmed that there are no plans for an ‘even smaller’ version of the Scrambler model.
Sabbioni was again quoted by sources in quashing the idea of a new and smaller model with a displacement lower than the Sixty2 variant’s 399cc. He cited that the concept of an entry-level and affordable model with a displacement of 250cc would damage the Ducati brand’s prestige.
But, as the old saying goes: never say never. Going small has greatly aided rivals BMW, but only time will tell. For now, the idea of a 1,100cc Super-Scrambler is beginning to grow on us.