Ducati has announced that they will unveil their new V4 engine, the Desmosedici Stradalem, on September 7, ahead of the Misano MotoGP. Driven by the firm’s desire to recapture their World Superbike domination, and in support of their recent renewed focus and resurgent success in MotoGP, the new V4 will be a road bike evolved from the track – rather than a road bike turned racer.
It is expected that we’ll get two engine versions across a three-bike range. The current R is 1198cc, while the base and S models are 1285cc – and it is expected that Ducati will continue this tried and tested route. What is beyond any doubt is that there will have to be a 1000cc version in order to comply with racing regulations for four cylinder bikes, and that those same regulations will force the release of a road-going homologation version. The base road bike and the S model are expected to be unveiled at the Milan show this Autumn, while the R model homologation special could be as much as a year later.
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