Ducati Malaysia debuts nine new models including manic Panigale V4R

By thoriq, 21 June 2019

Yes, you read that right. Not one, not two, but NINE (9) new models were launched simultaneously last night by Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) during its Ducati Malaysia Premiere 2019 event held in the Naza Auto Mall, Petaling Jaya.

Here’s a breakdown of all nine models that were presented during this grand event.

2019 Ducati Scrambler
Things kicked off with the introduction of the revamped 2019 Scrambler modern retro series. Comprised of four variants, those being the Icon, Full Throttle, Café Racer and Desert Sled, all share the same updated air-cooled 803cc L-twin heart, outputting 73hp and 67Nm.

Each variant also share several core updates such as a mild exterior nip-tuck, the addition of new features such as Cornering ABS and hydraulic clutch assemblies, enhanced ergonomics, not forgetting a revised digital instrument display panel too.

The Desert Sled variant however ups the ante as it comes brimmed with fully adjustable suspension and a dedicated Off Road riding mode with rear ABS deactivation function as well.

We’ve sampled the new 2019 Scrambler in both its Icon and Desert Sled forms not too long ago, which you can read about in this link: [First Ride: 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon & Desert Sled].

As for price, the Scrambler range starts at RM52,900 for the entry-level Icon, RM62,900 for the flat-tracker-styled Full Throttle, and RM67,900 for both the Café Racer & Desert Sled.

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
The evening’s tempo soon rose with the debut of the new-for-2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro model. This is the off-road-focused offshoot of the brand’s groundbreaking Multistrada 1260 dual-purpose, and it has been enhanced further in its 2019 model year guise.

Powering this adventure machine is a new 1,262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT L-twin engine. Primed with Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), the suite optimises the powerplant’s performance and fluidity of delivery, and it’s good for 158hp and 128Nm – the latter figure making it the highest torque output in this segment too.

Notable on board features include an interactive 5-inch TFT digital instrument display panel, bi-directional Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) suite, semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS Evo), Ride by Wire throttle with selectable ride modes, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), a multi-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC) suite, as well as Cornering ABS amongst many others.

Following its debut, the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro goes on sale locally from RM138,900 (Red) and RM139,900 (Sand).

2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S
Debuting alongside the Enduro is the new and upgraded 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S model. This entry-level version of Ducati’s groundbreaking dual-purpose model line arrives on our shores with plenty of new features on board, which sees it hold the edge over its segment rivals.

As before, the Multistrada 950 S harnesses a 938cc iteration of Ducati’s signature L-twin mill, outputting 113hp and 96Nm. Besides that, the versatile bike is now enhanced with a 6-axis Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), Bosch Cornering ABS, Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) for easier uphill starts and a hydraulic clutch.

In this enhanced ‘S’ version, the features list gets ramped up further. Highlights include the presence of the adaptive Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) suite, bi-directional DQS, full-LED headlights, as well as an interactive 5-inch TFT instrument display panel.

This ‘baby’ in the Multistrada model range goes on sale locally with a basic retail price tag of RM95,900.

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950
Next up comes the highly anticipated new 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 supermoto. Available in both a standard and racier SP forms, this middleweight supermoto arrives with a brand new heart plus a host of new features on board to match.

Underneath, the Hypermoatrd 950 shares the same 937cc L-twin heart as found in the Multistrada 950, outputting 114hp and 96Nm. Notable standard features include Ride-by-Wire throttle with selectable ride modes, Cornering ABS, uprated DTC and DWC Evo suites, a neat and interactive 4.3-inch TFT display, and a 6-axis Bosch IMU suite.

Opt for the hotter SP variant and this supermoto ups the ante with things like a taller 890mm seat height (20mm up from standard), fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, as well as lightweight forged Marchesini alloy wheels.

As for price, the standard-spec Hypermotard 950 commands RM75,900. The up-specced SP variant, on the other hand, warrant a much higher figure of RM117,900 instead.

2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

After giving a sneak preview of it to press and club members during Ramadan, Ducati Malaysia finally introduced the new-for-2019 Diavel 1260 S during the Ducati Malaysia Premier 2019 event last night.

The Diavel 1260 S firstly harnesses a new 1,262cc Testastretta DVT engine as featured in the Multistrada 1260 Enduro, which is capable of delivering 159hp and 129Nm. The mill is optimised for acceleration with a low-rev smoothness that’s ideal for both everyday riding or touring rides.

Notable on board features include fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, bi-directional DQS, Cornering ABS, DTC and DWC Evo suites, full-LED lighting, backlit handlebar switches, as well as an interative new 3.5-inch TFT digital instrument display panel.

This distinctively unique offering from Ducati goes on sale locally with a retail price tag of RM139,900.

2019 Ducati Panigale V4R
We saved the best for last, by which we mean the new Panigale V4R racing homologation special. In fact, this is the very model that Ducati has based its current WSBK race machines on.

In V4R form, this version of the new Panigale V4 packs a smaller yet more powerful 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R V4 heart that outputs a whopping 221hp and 112Nm, or even more manic 234hp and 119Nm figures when primed with the optional Ducati Performance full-racing exhaust by Akrapovič.

The mill, which can rev all the way up to 16,500rpm, comes further primed with another signature Ducati racing trait, that being a dry clutch system. Also unique to this machine is its race-developed aerodynamics as it features functional winglets designed for both aerodynamic stability and front-wheel-lift mitigation at high speeds.

This truly is a race bike for the road as it comes brimmed with a full arsenal of Ducati’s intelligent technologies and hardware. Effectively, this is the most extreme road-going Ducati offering, and it’s matched with an equally extreme starting price tag of RM299,900 as well.


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