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PH outfit of Ducati unveils the latest evolution of the brand’s highway bruiser. Enter the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo

THE latest variant of Ducati’s “all-in-one” bike, the Multistrada, has arrived in the Philippines—around years after the nameplate debuted locally.

Launched last week by Ducati Phils. was the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo, the top variant of the model, which according to the company’s national sales and marketing manager, Marc de Joya, joins the base Multistrada and the 2012 Pikes Peak edition.

The new 1200 Granturismo is powered by Ducati’s liquid-cooled, L-twin 1200cc engine that has four valves in each pot, dual spark ignition and Ducati’s iconic Desmodromic valve system. The setup results in 150 horsepower at 9,250rpm and 124.5 Newton-meter of torque at 7,500rpm.

During the launch, Toti Alberto, president of Access Plus (parent company of Ducati Phils.), said that the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo is equipped dual Ducati Skyhook suspension, which makes the bike’s ride more enjoyable and comfortable as the system lessens vibrations.

De Joya also added the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo also has LED lights for better view of the road, and an adjustable windshield. It has a seat height of 850 millimeters and a wheelbase of 1,530 millimeters—ideal for tall riders.

The riding attitude of the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo could still easily be adjusted—at a push of a button—to Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro to make it perfect on various terrain.

Placed in Sport mode, the bike becomes the sportbike that Ducati is known for. Put in Touring mode and it provides a smoother power delivery and a very relaxing ride. In Urban mode, it cuts its output down to 100 horsepower to suit the start/stop traffic conditions in the city, while Enduro mode allows the bike to go off-road.

De Joya expressed optimism that the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo will capture more riders to the Ducati brand.

“We at Ducati Phils. are very optimistic with the coming of the Multistrada 1200 Granturismo in the country as the bike expands the lifestyle of riders in the country,” de Joya said.

The Multistrada 1200 Granturismo is priced at P1.390 million and is already available at Access Plus—the authorized distributors of Ducati in Luzon—and Norming Ring in Davao.

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