Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has announced the company will release nine new models in 2016, two of which will be in new segments. Rumours of everything from cruisers to scooters are swirling, and we can’t forget the Scrambler line-up – which has become a brand unto itself, serving as a jumping off point for the Ducati experience – it’s model line is sure to grow in numbers for 2016.
Domenicali also says he expects that this year, Ducati will surpass 50,000 bikes sold for the first time in the company’s history, then adds, “Our main goal is not so much the pursuit of ever-greater volumes, but rather to keep on surprising our customers with awe-inspiring bikes.”
Our first glimpse of the 2016’s comes in the form of the Monster 1200 R and Diavel Carbon.
The Monster 1200 R is being touted as the most powerful Ducati Naked ever, promising an upgraded 160-hp Testastretta engine, sportier chassis, and of course, everyone’s favourite motorcycle condiments, Brembo, Ohlins and Marchesini, to top it off. This fine dish looks to be aimed at those who want to spend some time on the track or are looking for the biggest, baddest Monster yet.
For 2016, the Diavel will now be available in all-black Dark Stealth as well as the Carbon edition seen here. The changes are mostly cosmetic, but looking through the press releases reminded us, once again, that this bike makes over 160-hp and weighs just 205 kg (452 lbs.), putting it in a class of its own among cruisers.
With seven models left to debut, you can be certain the Ducati marketing department will be hard at work teasing each of the upcoming models, thus fuelling the hamster-driven wheels of our gossip machines at ludicrous speed.