6th September 2017
2018 Ducati models annouced for U.S. Dealers
Breaking News: Ducati company sale on hold
German carmaker Volkswagen has put the 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion) sale of Ducati motorcycles on hold after resistance from German trade unions and internal rifts on strategy. Audi owns Ducati and does not want to sell but half the Volkwagen board memebers want to.
Many new Ducati models are slated for early arrival, including the 209-horsepower, 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
- New Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro Available at Showrooms Now
- Touring Version of Multistrada 950 Model Introduced to North America
- XDiavel S in Iceberg White Shipping to the North American Dealers Now
- Monster 797+ Replaces Monster 797 for 2018
- 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
- Scrambler Brand Gets a New Model and Updates
Early arrivals of the 2018 lineup of Ducati motorcycles are landing at dealers across North America. This includes many new models to the Ducati family, including the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro, XDiavel S in Iceberg White, 1299 Panigale R Final Edition and two new Scrambler options. In addition, the Multistrada 950 will now be available in North America as a factory option, and the Monster 797+ will replace the current Monster 797 with new accessories, at no additional cost.
Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro (MSRP $23,295)
The most capable, production off-road adventure motorcycle in Ducati history. New Sand color, Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires fitted as standard (19” front, 17” rear), Ducati Performance tubular steel crash bar by Touratech with LED lights, a low windscreen great for on-the-pegs off-road riding and the Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni. Limited availability in North America denoted by individual number and badge. Now shipping to U.S. dealers.
XDiavel S Iceberg White (MSRP $23,495)
New Iceberg White color (“S” model only). All model year 2018 XDiavel’s will come with a revised suspension set-up and new handlebars for improved comfort and more relaxed ergonomics. Available beginning of October.
Monster 797+ (MSRP Red $9,295 / White Silk or Dark Stealth $9,395)
Retains the distinctive features of the previous model with a new headlight fairing and passenger seat cover at no additional cost. Replaces the current Monster 797 in 2018 Model Year.
1299 Panigale R Final Edition (MSRP $39,900)
Tribute to Ducati’s twin-cylinder Superbike legacy. The most powerful production twin-cylinder engine in history (209 horsepower), combined with the most advanced aluminum monocoque chassis. Limited availability shipping to U.S. dealers now. Dedicated Tri-Colore livery with World Superbike style full titanium exhaust.
Multistrada 950 Touring(MSRP Starting from $13,995)
Touring model joins the Standard version in the U.S. beginning 2018. The Multistrada 950 Touring features color matched, lockable side panniers and center stand. The standard version is available at dealers now. The Touring will ship to North American dealers in December.
Scrambler Mach 2 (MSRP $10,795)
The Scrambler Mach 2’s color palette was inspired by the atmosphere typical of 1970’s Southern California but with a design easily translated world wide. Mach 2 features larger gas tank, low tapered handlebars, Black engine and exhaust accents and Flat Track inspired seat.
Scrambler Full Throttle (MSRP $10,695)
The Full Throttle switches it up for 2018 with a Shining Black steel tank and satin aluminum side panels and a new checkerboard logo on the tank and front fender evoking the sport inspired design. Subtle changes keep the bike fresh but doesn’t mess with success. Arrives to North American dealerships in October.
SuperSport and SuperSport S
The SuperSport presents the latest evolution of the Ducati trellis frame, which uses the engine as a supporting element and contributes to keeping the kerb weight down to 210 kg. The chassis geometry and fully adjustable suspension, with 48 mm Ohlins fork (on S version) combined with the Sachs single-shock, make it a bike inclined to precision and control.
DQS: race-derived technology: The Ducati Quick Shift up/down, included as standard on the SuperSport S, allows the rider to shift gear without using the clutch or closing the throttle, enhancing enjoyment during sports riding and providing a clear benefit in city traffic and on more winding roads.
VIDEO Ducati SuperSport
We dig the neat trick of retractable windscreen for diferent riding profiles. How cool is that?
Despite the rumoured five bidders in the battle to buy Ducati off Volkswagen Group, Ducatisti are unaffected; their passione knows no bounds.
Ducati hates losing to four-cylinder competitors, such as Kawasaki. The V-Twin superbike was synonymous with Ducati but for modern MotoGP racing, it is at a disadvantage. Whilst developing a V-Four superbike engine based on lessons learned with it for MotoGP racing, the Last Hurrah will be the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. It’ll be sold out almost before the announcement for nostalgic Bike Buffs.
If you can lean on somebody or break an arm to get one, Get one.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).