2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rallye First Look

A first look at the new 2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rallye

Ducati revealed a file Multistrada V4 . Rallye In the final episode of the 2023 World Series I. And while the model’s name hints at improved off-road capability, the V4 Rally’s list of features leans more toward long-distance travel and passenger comfort than the Dakar’s handling.

Not that there aren’t any upgrades to make the Rally model more off-target than current Multistrada V4 models. The Rally’s semi-active suspension provides 7.9 inches of travel, front and rear, up from the 6.7 inches in the front and 7.1 inches in the rear offered on other variants. Suspension changes increase ground clearance by 0.4 inches to 9.1 inches. The Skyhook DSS EVO’s electronics have also been updated for more precise and effective control of suspension settings.

Like the Multistrada V4 S, the Rally model comes with a minimal preload function to lower ride height when stopped or at low speeds. Rally takes this one step further with the Easy Lift function that loosens the suspension at start-up to make it easier to lift the side mount.

Ducati also added an updated Enduro riding mode to join the Sport, Touring and Urban modes. Enduro mode limits engine output to 114 bhp, compared to the claimed full output of 167 bhp, while providing a more dynamic, direct throttle response. Enduro mode also switches traction control to a lower intrusion level while deactivating the bike’s pedal control and rear wheel ABS. The cornering function and rear lift detection are also disabled for off-road use.

The Multistrada V4 Rally comes standard with wire spoke wheels, with a 3.00 x 19 inch front wheel and a 4.5 x 17 inch rear wheel. The wheels come shod in Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires, but can also be equipped with Scorpion Rally or Scorpion Rally STR tires.

For Rally’s V4 Granturismo engine, Ducati introduced a new “extended” electronic deactivation system. On current models, the rear cylinder bank is deactivated during a stop, but for the Rally, the system also operates at lower revs in order to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The rear drums are restarted when the speed is increased. The system has been calibrated to operate in all riding modes and in every gear, except for the first, so that it takes advantage of all four cylinders when starting to park.

The Multistrada V4 Rally has a 7.9-gallon aluminum fuel tank, which is a significant increase over the 5.8-gallon capacity of the other models. Ducati has updated the bodywork to keep the Multstrada’s current look, and tank height despite the larger fuel capacity. Ducati has also modified the aerodynamics to improve wind protection for both the passenger and the passenger.

To improve thermal comfort, Ducati has added a new heat shield to the subframe and swingarm. The side and upper Rally attachments have also been moved back slightly to improve passenger comfort.

Other updates include wider footrests with removable rubber inserts and a larger tub guard.

In other markets, Ducati offers multiple gear packages, but for the US, the Multistrada V4 Rally only comes in the Adventure Travel and Radar package that adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, aluminum side cases, and heated seats and handles. US customers will have two paint options. The Ducati Red option is priced at $31,495 while the Brushed Aluminum and Matt Black option brings the price up to $31,995. Expect to see the Multistrada V4 rally at Ducati dealerships in May 2023.

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