Last month, a report sourced from TMCBlog indicated that Italian marque Ducati will be venturing into lower displacement two-wheeler market with a new 400cc version of its Scrambler motorcycle. The 400cc variant of the Scrambler is rumoured to debut at the 73rd Worldwide Motorcycle Exhibition 2015 (EICMA) in Italy scheduled in November.
While there is no official confirmation about the motorcycle’s debut at the 2015 EICMA, the folks at Italian publication Motociclismo have managed to get their hands on the first ever snapshots of a prototype of the Ducati Scrambler 400.
The 400cc motorcycle, as seen the spy images, carries a near identical design as the current 803cc Ducati Scrambler. The frame has the same layout as the current Ducati Scrambler but the 400cc variant will receive the conventional telescopic forks instead of the upside down unit to keep the production costs low. The swing arm on the 400cc Scrambler looks thinner but carries the same design as the current Scarmbler. The test mule was equipped with a temporary exhaust and we expect the production ready model to to carry a similar unit that is seen on the 803cc version.
The motorcycle will reportedly draw power from a 400cc L- twin cylinder air-cooled Testastretta engine that, in our opinion, should probably put out 40-45 hp of power. The current Ducati Scrambler, with its 803cc 90-degree L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, air-cooled engine delivers 75 hp of power and 67.79Nm of torque.
The current, 203cc Ducati Scrambler
Ducati has been releasing teaser videos ahead of the EICMA 2015 and will reveal its new product range on November 16, 2015. We would be tracking the developments closely to get you all the latest updates. Meanwhile, do let us know what do you think of the upcoming 400cc Ducati Scrambler through the comments section below or via our social networking channels.
Image Source: Motociclismo