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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak vs Multistrada 1260 S - What’s Different?

Ducati launched the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak shortly after the standard 1260 and 1260 S variants, which were introduced earlier this month. Read on to find out the what the Pikes Peak edition offers over the S variant
Ducati India launched the Multistrada Pikes Peak edition to coincide with its record-breaking victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. True to its name, the motorcycle comes with various features that make it the most agile Multistrada money can buy. At 21.42 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India), the Pikes Peak edition is priced at a premium of Rs 3.36 lakh over the 1260 S. So, let’s take a closer look to see what it packs over the Multistrada 1260 S.

While the Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S look more or less the same, the Pikes Peak edition wears a racing-inspired livery on the bodywork. The Pikes Peak variant features a shorter carbon fibre-plexiglass windscreen, whereas the 1260 S comes with a much larger touring windscreen. Carbon fibre is also present in the front mudguard, front fuel tank cover and front side bulkheads of the Pikes Peak edition. The seats feature an exclusive red stitching to demarcate it from the 1260 S. These additions make the Pikes Peak edition look a whole lot sportier than the 1260 S, or even the standard Multistrada 1260, for that matter.

Mechanical Underpinnings

The Multistrada 1260 S features Ducati’s SkyHook semi-active control unit actuating the 48mm Kayaba inverted front forks and Sachs monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable. For the Pikes Peak edition, the Bolognese bike manufacturer has employed Ohlins inverted forks at the front and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear. These are mechanically adjustable. Another addition that the Pikes Peak edition packs is the lightweight Termignoni exhaust system.

While the 1260 S rolls on five-spoke lightweight alloy wheels, the Pikes Peak edition gets forged aluminium wheels, which are 3kg lighter than the ones on the 1260 S. All three variants come shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. At 229kg kerb, the Pikes Peak edition is 6kg lighter than the Multistrada 1260 S.

So how is it different from the bike that won at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb?

Ducati left no stone unturned to make the race-spec Multistrada 1260 as fast as possible. They got rid of all the unnecessary bits like the hand guards, engine protector, headlights and taillight. They also used forged magnesium wheels in the race-spec motorcycle to reduce unsprung weight, and also to improve agility. The race bikes featured a stock engine with a race-spec ECU remap topped off with a custom Termignoni titanium full exhaust system for unrestricted power flow. Sadly, Ducati has not revealed the power figures of the race-spec Multistrada. To give you a perspective, though, the stock version of the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT liquid-cooled L-twin motor produces 158PS at 9500rpm, and 129.5Nm at 7500rpm. The Multistrada 1260, 1260 S, Pikes Peak edition and the race-spec motorcycle feature the same 6-speed transmission with Ducati Quick Shifter (up and down).

The race-spec bike uses the same suspension setup as the production Pikes Peak, albeit tuned by Race Tech with height adjustment as well. It also uses Brembo M50 callipers that bite into the stock dual 330mm front discs with the aid of a WSBK-spec master cylinder. The braking setup for the rear wheels is believed to be the same 265mm disc seen on the stock motorcycle. Finally, Ducati also equipped the race-spec bike with custom-made Rizoma rear-set footpegs instead of the stock units for better cornering clearance.

Courtesy: ZIGWHEELS

Jun 29, 2018
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Ducati Unveils Monster 1200 25º Anniversario Edition

Only 500 units of this beauty will be built, each most probably sporting an eye-watering price tag
The iconic Ducati Monster was first introduced in 1992 at the Cologne fair, and commenced production in 1993. Having sold over 3.2 lakh units now, accounting for over 40 per cent of Ducati’s overall sales, the Monster has come to be regarded as the bike that saved the Italian bikemaker from possible insolvency in the early 90’s.
Cut to the present and Ducati has announced the arrival of the Monster 1200 Anniversario Edition, celebrating 25 years of the legendary motorcycle. Only 500 of these motorcycles will be developed, with an exclusive livery derived from the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore, running from the flyscreen through the fuel tank and ending at the rear seat cowl.
The quilted saddle with the “25th Anniversary” logo sits perfectly in sync with the colour scheme. To add to the exclusivity, the Ducati Monster 1200 also receives a golden trellis frame with the limited edition serial number engraving and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes.
Furthermore, parts like the brake and clutch levers, fuel tank cap as well as the plate holder are milled from aluminium, while the mudguard, keyhole cover and heat shield are treated in carbon fibre.
Powering the Monster is the same Testastretta 11°, liquid-cooled, L-twin motor that puts out 149PS of power at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124Nm at 7,750 rpm.
It's also packed with electronics, including three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS, Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control systems. In addition, the bike also gets ride-by-wire, traction control and a quickshifter for clutchless up and downshifts. Finally, there’s the full-colour TFT screen with a user-friendly interface and DRL’s for daytime visibility.
Mechanically, the Monster uses a tubular steel trellis frame which uses the engine as a stress member. It employs 48mm upside down front forks and a rear monoshock, both from Öhlins with full adjustability. Anchoring the Monster are twin 330mm discs paired with top-of-the-line Brembo M50 monobloc calipers up front and a single 245 mm rear disc paired with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.
The Monster is the second bike from Ducati’s stable to receive the ‘Anniversario’ treatment. Expected to be priced at approximately Rs 30 lakh, ex-showroom, the bike is an exclusive machine that is bound to dig deep into your pockets. There’s no word of how many units will be allocated for India; however, do expect it to hit Indian shores pretty soon, just like the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario did when it was unveiled.

Courtesy: ZIGWHEELS

Jun 29, 2018
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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak vs Multistrada 1260 S - What’s Different?

Ducati launched the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak shortly after the standard 1260 and 1260 S variants, which were introduced earlier this month. Read on to find out the what the Pikes Peak edition offers over the S variant
Ducati India launched the Multistrada Pikes Peak edition to coincide with its record-breaking victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. True to its name, the motorcycle comes with various features that make it the most agile Multistrada money can buy. At 21.42 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India), the Pikes Peak edition is priced at a premium of Rs 3.36 lakh over the 1260 S. So, let’s take a closer look to see what it packs over the Multistrada 1260 S.
While the Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S look more or less the same, the Pikes Peak edition wears a racing-inspired livery on the bodywork. The Pikes Peak variant features a shorter carbon fibre-plexiglass windscreen, whereas the 1260 S comes with a much larger touring windscreen. Carbon fibre is also present in the front mudguard, front fuel tank cover and front side bulkheads of the Pikes Peak edition. The seats feature an exclusive red stitching to demarcate it from the 1260 S. These additions make the Pikes Peak edition look a whole lot sportier than the 1260 S, or even the standard Multistrada 1260, for that matter.

The Multistrada 1260 S features Ducati’s SkyHook semi-active control unit actuating the 48mm Kayaba inverted front forks and Sachs monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable. For the Pikes Peak edition, the Bolognese bike manufacturer has employed Ohlins inverted forks at the front and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear. These are mechanically adjustable. Another addition that the Pikes Peak edition packs is the lightweight Termignoni exhaust system.

While the 1260 S rolls on five-spoke lightweight alloy wheels, the Pikes Peak edition gets forged aluminium wheels, which are 3kg lighter than the ones on the 1260 S. All three variants come shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. At 229kg kerb, the Pikes Peak edition is 6kg lighter than the Multistrada 1260 S.

Ducati left no stone unturned to make the race-spec Multistrada 1260 as fast as possible. They got rid of all the unnecessary bits like the hand guards, engine protector, headlights and taillight. They also used forged magnesium wheels in the race-spec motorcycle to reduce unsprung weight, and also to improve agility. The race bikes featured a stock engine with a race-spec ECU remap topped off with a custom Termignoni titanium full exhaust system for unrestricted power flow. Sadly, Ducati has not revealed the power figures of the race-spec Multistrada. To give you a perspective, though, the stock version of the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT liquid-cooled L-twin motor produces 158PS at 9500rpm, and 129.5Nm at 7500rpm. The Multistrada 1260, 1260 S, Pikes Peak edition and the race-spec motorcycle feature the same 6-speed transmission with Ducati Quick Shifter (up and down).

The race-spec bike uses the same suspension setup as the production Pikes Peak, albeit tuned by Race Tech with height adjustment as well. It also uses Brembo M50 callipers that bite into the stock dual 330mm front discs with the aid of a WSBK-spec master cylinder. The braking setup for the rear wheels is believed to be the same 265mm disc seen on the stock motorcycle. Finally, Ducati also equipped the race-spec bike with custom-made Rizoma rear-set footpegs instead of the stock units for better cornering clearance.


Courtesy: ZIGWHEELS

Jun 29, 2018
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Audi Q5 petrol launched at Rs 55.27 lakh

The new Audi Q5 SUV is now available with a 252hp petrol heart and two variants - Premium Plus and Technology.

Audi expanded its Q5 portfolio in India by launching the petrol variant of the SUV. The Audi Q5 petrol has been priced from Rs 55.27 lakh for the Premium Plus variant and at Rs 59.79 lakh for the Technology trim. (both prices ex-showroom, India). This SUV is the third new launch from the German brand in India after the Q5 diesel variant and the power-packed Audi RS5.

On the outside, both the petrol and diesel variants of the new Audi Q5 are visually identical. The SUV carries forward the striking single-frame grille and the five-spoke alloy wheels – although we would have preferred a more eye-catching design on the Q5 petrol. The only difference between the new model and the diesel is the ‘45 TFSI’ badge on its rear, representing its petrol heart.

Under the hood resides a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol TFSI motor producing 252hp and 370Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission seen on the diesel variant. Power is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s signature quattro system. The driver also gets the option to select from five drive modes - comfort, dynamic, efficient, auto and off-road.

On stepping inside, you will be welcomed by a luxurious and premium cabin; as is expected from Audi. The interior of the Q5 petrol is identical to its diesel sibling, including the beige-black dual-tone upholstery. The large 8.3-inch infotainment system is sure to grab your attention; operated via a rotary knob placed on the centre console. The Q5 gets goodies such as Audi’s virtual cockpit, wireless smartphone connectivity compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone climate control and more.

The Audi Q5 petrol competes against the recently launched BMW X3 xDrive30i, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and Lexus NX 300h. The Q5 petrol isn’t the last launch from Audi India for 2018, as it will be launching its flagship sedan – the all-new A8, later this year.

Courtesy: AUTOCARE

Jun 29, 2018
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India-bound Audi A4 facelift revealed

India-bound Audi A4 facelift revealed
Refreshed A4 gets sharper design tweaks and more standard equipment; expected to arrive in India next year.

Audi has given the A4 a minor refresh in its design, and it now comes with an enlarged standard equipment list, though there are no mechanical changes. The facelift for the fifth-generation A4 (the pre-facelift model sells in India) is expected to arrive in India some time in 2019.

Design-based changes include slightly sharper features, bigger side skirts and a new grille design. The top-spec S variant gets a more prominent rear diffuser and larger 19-inch alloy wheels, though lower trims stick with 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. A new Turbo Blue colour is expected to be exclusively available with cars in Black Edition specification.

Standard kit has increased across the range. All trims also now get a 7-inch infotainment screen and satellite navigation as standard. The entry-level variant now comes with a multi-function steering wheel and electric-folding mirrors while the Sport models feature four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats and auto-folding door mirrors. S line and Black Edition models add high beam assist headlamps to this list.

The current A4 that retails in India is priced between Rs 41.47 lakh and Rs 46.94 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and rivals the likes of the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class (whose facelift is scheduled to arrive in October this year) and the Volvo S60 (the next-gen model is expected in 2019).

Courtesy: AUTOCARE

Jun 29, 2018
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