The immensely successful Scrambler Ducati range may get another expansion following hints reportedly dropped by an exec about a new 1,100cc version of the lifestyle model.
The though of a Scrambler Ducati model offering Panigale-like outputs of around 200hp seems highly unlikely though as such a concept goes against the values set by Ducati for the pure lifestyle model. Instead, the new Scrambler Sixty2 model’s project manager, Federico Sabbioni, was quoted by a reliable source in stating:
“There’s great possibility to stretch the brand with the 800cc engine, then of course there’s also the possibility to make the bigger engine.”
The Scrambler Ducati range currently consists of six variants that share the same architecture plus an air-cooled Desmodue V-twin engine. Five of which are powered by the 803cc version of the V-twin and includes the new Scrambler Flat Track Pro variant introduced during EICMA 2015 last November.
Ducati also launched a sixth new variant that is powered by a downsized 399cc version of the Desmodue V-twin called the Scrambler Sixty2. It was introduced alongside the new FlatTrack Pro during EICMA 2015 as well, making it the entry-level offering in its range.
Based on Sabbioni’s hint, ad the Scrambler model range’s trend to use Desmodue air-cooled V-twins, Ducati could possibly adopt the largest version of said engine series, which is the 1,100cc Desmodue Evoluzione. Last seen in the discontinued Ducati Monster EVO model, and Ducati will only need to homologate this 1,100cc mill it to meet with strict Euro 4 emissions requirements.
The possibility of lifestyle riders being attracted to a Scrambler model that offered upwards of 100hp remains to be seen, Sabbioni did confirm that Ducati has no plans for an ‘even smaller’ version of the Scrambler model.
Sabbioni quashed the idea of a new and smaller model with a displacement lower than the Sixty2 variant’s 399cc, citing that the concept of an entry-level and affordable model with a displacement of 250cc would damage the Ducati brand’s prestige.