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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 V4The 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 V4Ducati 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

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 IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Brembo is the exclusive brake provider for Gran Turismo 7.

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Gran Turismo 7Players have several customization options to choose from. Brembo

Brembo is on board with the game as the exclusive braking systems brand. The company offers in-game upgrades that include carbon ceramic discs and more. Players can choose from over 400 cars from more than 50 manufacturers, and Brembo brakes are available in the Tuning Shop.

Classic car insurer and automotive powerhouse Hagerty is also getting on the action. A "Legend Car Dealer" feature in the game allows players to choose from more than 70 classic and enthusiast vehicles, and company CEO McKeel Hagertymakes an appearance as an avatar. Just like normal cars in the game, Hagerty's cars can be purchased using in-game credits, and the prices for each car are set using Hagerty's Valuation Tool. Costs will change throughout the year based on market conditions. If you're a member of Hagerty Drivers Club, you'll have the option to select a special livery or your car.

Gran Turismo 7Hagerty offers a group of special cars for the game. Hagerty

If you're looking to get behind the wheel, Gran Turismo 7 is on sale now, and is garnering impressive reviews. It's one of the most accessible Gran Turismo games of all time, from the ease-in races offered during the download process to the myriad of options and upgrades for each car, there's an aspect of the game that any enthusiast can get behind. You can purchase and download the game through the Playstation store, or you can head to your local retailer to pick up a physical copy.

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