Ducati is making a case for itself to become more than a niche player in the market.That’s why a 400cc motorcycle makes a lot of sense. There were various reports floating on the internet which stated that the company was producing a lower capacity bike, possibly a 400cc Scrambler. Now, we can confirm it thanks to the spy shots of the latest from the Italian superbike manufacturer.
The entire bike looks like a smaller version of the current Scrambler. It is powered by an all-new 400 cc engine features an air-cooled L-Twin motor. The power will be restricted to under 47 bhp so that A2 licence holders in Europe can ride it. However, Ducati is making this bike keeping in mind the South-East Asian market where there is high demand for 250cc-500cc motorcycles. The Scrambler 400 slots in right at the sweet spot.
Ducati Scrambler 400 has a conventional telescopic fork and the exhaust is a temporary one. All the aspects imitate the Scrambler 800 but have been toned down to keep the costs in check as the Asian market is price sensitive.
Ducati is planning to launch no less than 9 models at ECIMA this year which begins on November 19th. Some of the models confirmed are 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale, 2016 Hypermotard 939 family (Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939), The Monster 1200R and the Diavel Carbon, 959 Panigale. The company will stream the launch of the vehicles online on 16th November.
The company could bring it to India soon and most probably will be brought as CKD units. The pricing will be a major issue and if he company can price it anywhere 4.5 lakh to 5.0 lakh , the volumes of Ducati will go up significantly in the coming year.
Currently, the 800cc Scrambler that is sold in India comes via CKD kit, and is priced at Rs 6.7 lakh. The motorcycle is powered by L-twin, 803cc air cooled engine that develops 73.7bhp at 8,250rpm and 68Nm at 5,750rpm mated to six-speed transmission.