Recently, multiple spy shots have surfaced featuring a test mule navigating the scenic roads of Italy. The vehicle in question bears a striking resemblance to a single-cylinder Ducati Hypermotard, potentially signaling the arrival of a more budget-friendly Ducati model, expected to make its debut possibly in 2024.
- Engine with an Estimated Displacement of 659cc The upcoming Hypermotard is anticipated to be powered by a single-cylinder engine, with a displacement speculated to be around 659cc.
- Suspension Featuring Upside-Down Fork and Linked Monoshock Observations from the spy shots suggest that the motorcycle is equipped with an upside-down fork at the front and a linked monoshock at the rear, enhancing its handling capabilities.
- Expected Unveiling in 2024 Enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the release of this new Ducati model may need to exercise patience, as the official unveiling is projected to occur sometime in 2024.
Until recently, Ducati’s motorcycle lineup was exclusively dominated by L-twin engines. However, the introduction of the V4 engine in models like the Panigale, Streetfighter, and Multistrada demonstrated that Ducati enthusiasts are open to different engine configurations. Now, the iconic Italian brand seems to be exploring a new direction by developing a single-cylinder engine.
The existence of this engine was hinted at when Ducati submitted documents to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last year, outlining plans for a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine featuring a 659cc displacement and a 4-valve architecture.
It’s highly probable that this very engine powers the Hypermotard test mule, positioning it to compete with models like the KTM SMC 690 SMC R, which boasts 75hp. Ducati might use this engine as a foundation for future models, continuing its tradition of innovation.
Regarding the test mule’s design, it draws clear inspiration from the larger Hypermotard 950, showcasing a sharp front beak, dirtbike-style bodywork, and prominent underseat exhausts. The bike’s structure relies on a tubular steel frame, complemented by an upside-down fork and a linked monoshock setup, while a double-sided swingarm supports the rear. Similar to Ducati Scrambler models, it features a single brake disc at both ends, implying its placement in the lower tier of Ducati’s lineup. Ducati Hypermotard Ducati Hypermotard Ducati Hypermotard
However, it’s essential to note that this motorcycle is unlikely to be classified as a ‘budget’ option. Ducati has long maintained a commitment to not producing budget-oriented bikes, and the reduction to a single cylinder should not be misconstrued as a cost-cutting measure. The presence of a refined golden finish on the fork tubes and engine covers, along with a hydraulic clutch and a quickshifter, suggests that the equipment levels will align with Ducati’s reputation for high-quality components.
Regarding an official unveiling, while the test mule appears to be nearing completion, it’s more reasonable to expect a debut in 2024. As for an Indian launch, this particular Ducati Hypermotard may come with a tall seat height and a price range estimated between Rs 8 lakh to 10 lakh or possibly higher if introduced in the Indian market. Ducati typically offers its entire international range in India, but the reception of such a bike in the Indian market remains uncertain. Ducati Hypermotard Ducati Hypermotard Ducati Hypermotard