Ducati launches new V4

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Ducati has released details of its latest V4 engine, the Granturismo, which is set to power its new Multistrada V4 model. Highlights of the motor include the dropping of its signature desmodromic valve system in favor of traditional valve springs, a move Ducati says helps extend service intervals.

Despite having two more cylinders than the outgoing Multistrada’s V-Twin, Ducati claims the V4 weighs 1.2kg less, while also being more compact. The company says it has also harnessed lessons learned in Moto GP, where it competes with a V4, including the use of a counter rotating crank, coupled with a ‘twin pulse’ firing order – the former increasing the bike’s agility while the latter helps control power delivery.

V4 Granturismo main technical data

1158 cc four-cylinder 90° V engine
Bore x stroke 83 x 53,5mm
Compression ratio 14:1
Maximum power 125kW (170hp) at 10,500 rpm
Maximum torque 125 Nm (12.7kgm) at 8,750 rpm
Euro 5 homologation
Distribution part chain, part gear – timing with dual overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
Counter-rotating crankshaft with crank pins offset at 70°
Wet multiplate anti-patter servo clutch
Semi-dry sump lubrication with three oil pumps: one delivery and two return
Fueling with four oval throttle bodies (46 mm diameter equivalent)
6-speed gearbox with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up & Down System
60,000km maintenance valves check interval

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