If you’re a Ducati Multistrada fan in India, and you’ve been wishing the 950 had just a few more electronic rider aids—you're in luck. The newly Euro 5/BS6-compliant Multistrada 950 S is headed your way—and it should even be available in your choice of either the GP White livery first unveiled in July, 2020, or Ducati Red.
The launch is expected on November 2, which is good because all the Multistrada variants currently listed on the Ducati India webpage are all 1260s. While it’s true that sometimes you need a big, cartoon-sized mallet, sometimes you need a more delicate tool to get the job done—so isn’t it better to have a choice?
The Multistrada 950 S is powered by Ducati’s 937cc Testastretta L-twin, making 113 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 96 Nm (or 70.80 ft.lbs) of torque at 7,750 rpm. The S doesn’t only stand for “Skyhook,” but you do get Ducati Skyhook Evo semi-active suspension, quickshifter, cornering ABS, traction control, cornering lights, and a 5-inch full-color TFT display on the dash. An LED headlight, hands-free system, cruise control, and backlit handlebar controls all come standard on the S in other markets, so hopefully they’re part of India’s package, as well.
Standard seat height is 840mm (33.1 inches), but a high seat option can bump it up to 860mm (33.9 inches), and a low seat option can take it down to 820mm (32.3 inches). Dry vehicle weight is 207 kilograms, or 456 pounds.
Pricing information isn’t available yet, but the previous Multistrada 950 cost Rs. 12.84 lakh, or about $17,427. The current 1260 runs Rs. 17.80 lakh, or about $24,153—so presumably, the 950 S will be closer to the former price than the latter. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first weeks of November, as well.