Despite the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb permanently banning motorcycle from competing, Ducati continues to honour the event it has won seven times with the release of yet another Pikes Peak variant of its Multistrada.
The famous Colorado hillclimb went ahead last year without motorcycles after the death of four-time winner Carlin Dunne aboard a Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype in 2019.
The event was won that year by Aussie Rennie Scaysbrook on an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 in the record time of 9:44.963.
His record will now stand for all time after the organisers decided to permanently ban motorcycles in August this year.
Ducati has won the race seven times since the company’s debut in 2008, mainly with Multistrada models. Over several years Ducati has honoured that racing legacy with Pikes Peak versions.
Consequently, Ducati is once again — and probably finally — honouring that racing legacy with a Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak which will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2022 at the ride away price of $44,500 ($NZ46,495).
That compares with $33,490 for the Multistrada V4 S on which it is based.
The new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak features MotoGP-inspired livery and number plates.
It is powered by the 170hp V4 Granturismo engine and features a sportier riding position, 17” front wheel with sports road tyres, Marchesini forged aluminium rims, single-sided swingarm, Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and new Race Riding Mode.
Ducati says they have also updated the chassis set-up, electronic controls and numerous dedicated components, making it 2.7kg lighter than the Multistrada S.