Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) introduces new and improved Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT priced from RM119,999 (standard) and RM135,999 (S model).
You’ve read our reports when it first debuted during the EICMA 2014 and our test-ride up to Cameron Highlands earlier this week, now we’re glad to report that the new and improved Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT has officially been launched in Malaysia.
Launched by Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) this evening in its flagship Ducati Centre Petaling Jaya showroom, two variants were introduced starting with the standard Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT ABS, followed by the higher-spec Ducati Multistrada 1200 S DVT.
As previously stated in reports and our recent test-ride, the new Multistrada 1200 DVT model is now primed with Ducati’s new and Euro 4-compliant 1,198cc Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) twin-spark V-twin engine. Compared to its predecessor, this new DVT unit, which is primed with variable valve timing, sees its power raised up by 10hp to 160hp developed at 9,500rpm as is peak torque that is now rated at 136Nm @ 7,500rpm.
Furthermore, the DVT variable valve timing suite has re-optimsed the mill with improved torque and power deliveries across the entire rev-band whilst also improving fuel-efficiency by 8%. Also paired with the mill is a six-speed transmission that is primed further with a wet slipper clutch feature that makes up- and down-shifts a breeze as well.
Complementing the improved powertrain are the enhanced on board electronics suite as well. The most critical new item here is the Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) system that enhances the Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) and the eight-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC) features further.
Besides that, there’s also the new Bosch MSC Cornering ABS system that complements the Brembo-supplied anchors and multi-level ABS, as well as Ride-By-Wire throttle controls with multiple selectable power and riding modes – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro.
Both the standard and S models offer an electronic cruise control feature. Whilst the standard model gets a decent digital LCD instrument display screen, the higher-spec S is equipped with a larger colour TFT instrument display screen instead, offering Bluetooth connectivity via an iOS/Android smartphone app too.
The other difference between the standard and S version lie in their respective suspension systems. Both models feature 48mm fully adjustable front forks with the standard bike getting a Sachs fully adjustable rear monoshock unit. The S model gains further with an enhanced version of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) semi-active suspension system, offering a wider spectrum of adjustability too.
Of course, Ducati have also tweaked the new Multistrada’s exterior outlooks, granting it with a mild facelift. Subtle difference include the revised front beak and air intakes, the presence of full-LED headlights, revised windscreen and seat adjustment parameters, as well as a cleaner-looking integrated luggage rack.
Available as Thai-assembled CKD units, the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 is now open of viewing and purchase through authorised dealers nationwide. Prices start from RM119,999* for the standard Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT ABS whilst the higher-spec Ducati Multistrada 1200 S DVT starts from RM135,999* instead. (*On-the-road with 6% GST excluding insurance)
You can test-ride the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT on Saturday, 20 February 2016 as Ducati Malaysia will be hosting special test-rides throughout the day for customers.
We’ve already tested the standard Ducati Multistrada 1200 ABS variant sometime last week and our editor is presently in the midst of testing the 1200 S version in Thailand. You can read about the initial test-ride here or see our editor’s video review below.
You can check more pictures from the official launch event in our gallery below as well.
New Ducati Multistrada 1200 launch @ Ducati Centre Petaling Jaya
2015 Ducati Mutlistrada 1200 DVT ABS
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S DVT