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2020 Ducati Multistrada V4 will get adaptive cruise control, coming to India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Iconic Italian brand Ducati has teased us with images of the instruments cluster that will feature on the upcoming Ducati Multistrada V4. The Ducati Multistrada V4 is slated to make its world debut on the 4th November 2020 and will become the first motorcycle in the world to be equipped with both front and rear radar technology revolutionising the riding aid system. The latest teaser image showcases the brand’s onboard navigation technology and the Adaptive Cruise Control system. 

According to the teaser images, the on-board navigation system shows data such as the 3D or 2D view Map of the area, the speed limit data of the road the motorcycling is travelling, estimated time of arrival, distance, time to reach the destination, turn-by-turn navigation data etc. In addition, the screen also displays the engine RPM, Speed, Gear, Mode, time, ambient air temperature, engine temperature, points of interests etc. 

The Adaptive Cruise Control screen shows the distance from vehicle settings which can be configured by the rider and set between – Near, Medium and Far. The development of the radar technology for the Multistrada V4 took four years of research and has been developed and produced in close cooperation with the brand’s technology partner, Bosch. The Adaptive Cruise Control can detect vehicles in front of the Multistrada V4 and through controlled braking and acceleration, the distance from the vehicles in front is adjusted, while riding between the speed of 30 kmph and 160 kmph. 

The brand has also revealed the picture of production-spec switchgear which come with an amber colour backlit illumination to enable easy night time visibility allowing the rider to easily use the cruise control functions even in pitch dark conditions. The revealed switchgear is from the left hand side handle bar and gets hot keys for modes and cruise control among other standard features such as the horn and turn signals. 

Earlier, the brand also revealed that radar unit on the Multistrada V4 is the size of a modern-day action camera around (70 x 60 x 28 mm) and weighs around 190 gm. The units has been incorporated in between the split LED headlamps for forward obstacle detection & ranging and below the taillights of the adventure motorcycle for rearward detection & ranging. The radar system on the rear detect the vehicle behind the Multistrada and signal the rider if it detects the vehicle approaching from behind at a high rate of speed, increasing the safety quotient. 

Recently, the brand also revealed details of the engine specification of the all-new Multistrada which now replaces the Desmodromic valve distribution with a spring valve return system featuring a 1,158cc 90-degree V-four-cylinder engine that develops 170 Hp of power and 125 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up & Down System and wet multi-plate anti-patter servo clutch. 

The fourth-generation Multistrada is also going to arrive in the Indian market soon.