Ducati details the Granturismo V4 engine it developed for the new Multistrada
Ducati has decided to break with tradition in the name of durability and reliability. A new V4 engine was developed for the upcoming Multistrada, which abandons desmodrome technology in favor of conventional valve springs. The four-cylinder is still characterized by impressive specifications and some clever technical details.
The engine, known as Granturismo, has a displacement of 1.2 liters (1,200 cc) and its cylinder banks are arranged at a 90-degree angle. It develops 170 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 92 pound-feet of torque at 8,750 rpm. Although related to the unit that powers the Panigale V4, it is equipped with traditional valve springs instead of the desmodromic valves known from Ducati, which are opened and closed by cam-operated rocker arms. It's a system that helps engines produce more power, but wears out faster and needs to be adjusted frequently.
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Ducati designed the V4 specifically for the Multistrada, a motorcycle that is often used for long journeys. The engineers therefore felt they had to sacrifice some performance in order to achieve longer maintenance intervals. According to Motorcycle News, the valves need to be adjusted every 37,000 miles, while many Desmodromic engines require valve adjustments after 19,000 miles. Conversely, the Multistrada will likely spend more time idling than the lane-ready Panigale, so its V4 has a cylinder deactivation system that shuts off the rear bank to prevent overheating when stationary.
Further details on the Ducati Multistrada V4 will be announced in the coming weeks. The motorcycle's global debut is scheduled for November 4, 2020. Then the next-generation Volkswagen Golf R will also take cover. When it hits stores, it will stand out as one of the safest motorcycles on the market, thanks to the front and rear radars developed by Bosch that power electronic driving aids like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and warning technology, when the rider gets away a vehicle is approaching quickly from behind.
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