Ducati, the Italian luxury motorcycle manufacturer on Monday widened its portfolio by introducing a new Scrambler 1100 bike and 2 more variants called Special and Sport in the competitive Indian bike market to boost sales. Apart from the standard Scrambler 1100 model priced at Rs 10.91 lakh, the variants are available in two higher-specification models called the Special at Rs 11.12 lakh and the Sport at Rs 11.42 lakh at pan India showroom.
Bookings for the imported motorcycles from its factory at Thailand had started in the first week of August with a down payment of Rs 1-2 lakh, depending on the dealership.
The new bikes are equipped with a new L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled – 1079 cm3 engine and an agile Scrambler chassis setup that has been developed in parallel with the engine to put higher performance within reach of all riders. The Scrambler 1100 also features Bosch cornering ABS and traction control. The electronics package has evolved in line with Ducati tradition, to maximise active safety thanks to the Bosch inertial platform.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 draws its inspiration from the iconic ’70s model.
The upgraded fork and rear shock absorber are like the 320 mm dual front brake discs. The seat is shaped better than its Scrambler 800 counterpart allowing for more comfort for both the rider and passenger.
The all-digital instrument cluster now has an additional pod and features a rev indicator fashioned to mimic the bikes of the '70s. Another feature of the Scrambler is the under-seat twin exhaust setup which looks amazing.
The Special variant receives spoked wheels, lower handlebars, chromed exhaust headers and a brown leather quilted seat, all of it reminiscent of the retro world. The Sport variant is the sportiest of the 3 with fully adjustable Ohlins suspension with wheels from the standard but with extra machining on the spokes.
“The Scrambler range is not only one of our best-selling ranges here in India but the most versatile across all product categories within the big bike segment here in the country,” Sergi Canovas, managing director at Ducati India said.
The Ducati Scrambler provides a thrilling and unique riding experience, he pointed out. “The all new Scrambler 1100 range of motorcycles are a true hipster with a lot of road presence and an extremely capable engine making its performance one of the best in class,” Canovas boasted.
The new Scrambler is a carefully thought out motorcycle in this segment with dripping technology and safety features like cornering ABS, traction control with an aim to meet the needs of even the most demanding, expert motorcyclists, he said.