Motorcycles

Ducati Multistrada V4 debuts as a tech-forward, versatile bike

The Ducati Multistrada V4 has been born and is now available to configure online.

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Ducati has unveiled the fourth generation of its popular Multistrada motorcycle. The bike combines performance with tech-forward innovation that rivals some of the systems found in the most popular cars on the road today.

In the 18 years since the first-generation Multistrada was put on sale, Ducati has sold 110,000 of them, making the bike one of the most popular in the world. Originally a sports bike, in its third generation the motorcycle became more versatile offering four different ride modes.

Ducati Multistrada V4 The bike is made for touring and daily driver responsibilities.Photo courtesy of Ducati

For the new edition, Ducati has made the Multistrada easier to ride. This includes mechanical and technology innovations that also improve rider safety and allows users to remain more connected to their devices while at the helm.

The bike retains its light and compact body structure for V4. Designers worked to make the bike appear strong yet sexy, integrating the 22-liter tank with a slim rear and muscular front. Special attention has been paid to optimal riding position whether on- or off-road, and aerodynamics.

Its aluminum monocoque frame sits atop a 19-inch front wheel and double-sided swingarm. Its suspension allows for 170 mm of front wheel and 180 mm of rear wheel travel. The bike has 220 mm of ground clearance and a weight of 473 pounds.

The engine of the motorcycle has a displacement of 1,158 cc and delivers 170 horsepower at 10,500 rpm with 92 pound-feet of torque at 8,750 rpm. This engine has allowed Ducati to recommend longer intervals between service, with the oil change is scheduled every 9,230 miles, while valve clearance check and eventual adjustment is required every 37,282 miles. Those time periods are longer than any other bike on the market today.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Ducati has engineered the bike to have a comfortable seat position whether on- or off-road.Photo courtesy of Ducati

Ducati has made it so that the engine deactivates the rear bank when idling, a practice that improves the thermal comfort of the rider and reduces fuel consumption with the added benefit of lowering noise volumes while maintaining the signature Ducati exhaust note.

Safety and performance go hand-in-hand on the bike. The inertial platform manages the operation of ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Traction Control, semi-active, and available corning lights, vehicle hold control, Ducati Skyhook Suspension, and automatic leveling functionality.

The bike also gets a front and rear radar system which allows for adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.

The Ducati Multistrada V4 base model comes with a red paint job. The next step up in the trim level lineup is the Multistrada V4 S, which is available in Aviator Grey and red, as well as options including alloy and spoked wheels. Buyers can upgrade their V4 S by checking the box for any number of package configurations direct from the factory (Essential, Travel, Radar, Performance, Full).

Ducati Multistrada V4

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The Multistrada V4 S Sport gets a bolder livery and standard Performance package with Akrapovič exhaust and carbon front fender.

The new Ducati Multistrada V4 will be available in Ducati dealerships from the end of November. The online configurator is now live.

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The new Civic Hatchback just went on sale.

Honda

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and well-known cars of any type. Honda keeps refining the Civic formula to the point that it seems hard for the car to get any better, but that's what we're here to talk about. The 2022 model year sees the Civic enter its eleventh generation, and updates for the new model year make the car more upscale, more refined, and safer than ever before. Honda released the Civic Sedan first, but the Hatchback is now on the streets. Both cars are excellent, but we want to take a closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback. Here are three things to know about the car.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The Civic Hatchback is almost as practical as a small SUV, and it's way more fun to drive. Honda

Cargo Space

Looking at the Civic Hatchback, or any modern Civic for that matter, it's easy to start believing that there's nothing to it - that you can't use it as a proper family car. That isn't the case here, nor is it the case with the 2022 Civic Sedan. The Hatchback starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and the rear bench folds flat to open up even more room for gear. That's shy of a compact crossover, but better than many subcompact crossovers - and the Civic is infinitely more fun to drive than either. The Honda CR-V, for example, offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, but the subcompact HR-V offers just 23.2 cubic feet of space. I know which vehicle I'd rather drive, and it's the Civic Hatchback by miles and miles.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Clever design elevates the Civic above its competition.Honda

Refinement and Design

Honda's redesign of the Civic started with the Sedan, which released first. Its interior carries premium feeling materials and a grown-up design that is at odds with the Civic's reasonable price tag. There are several clever design touches like a singular metal grille that runs the length of the dash. The front air vents are concealed behind it and feature thoughtfully designed control knobs. It's a detail that isn't seen in other cars at this price point, and it's one that elevates the Civic from a budget car to one that feels special.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback All Civics come packed with safety tech.Honda

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

The Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback both earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Vehicles earn the honor by scoring "Good," "Advanced," or "Superior" in all categories, including headlights. On top of that, Honda equips the cars with plenty of advanced driver aids, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available in higher trims.

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NHTSA looking into Tesla's in-car video games

Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

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Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

Tesla Arcade hands-on: the Model 3 is your video game console youtu.be

The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

Tesla Model 3 Tesla's screens offer advanced functions that many others do not. Tesla

Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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