Ducati announce new Variable Timing 1198cc engine

Ducati have officially unveiled the "first motorcycle engine with variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts."

The 1,198cc v-twin engine's full name is Ducati Testastretta DVT, with DVT standing for Desmodromic Variable Timing.

Ducati's new DVT engine

Bike Social expects the engine to make its debut at the EICMA trade show in Milan next month in the new-for-2015 Multistrada, the dual characteristics of the engine will be ideal for a more touring-focused bike. Ducati have confirmed the engine will produce 160bhp (117.7 kW)at 9,500rpm with maximum torque of 136 Nm (97.36 lb-ft) at 7,500rpm.

The Bologna-based, Audi-owned outfit said, "The variable timing system is able to continuously adjust valve timing, by acting independently on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. The system optimises engine performance throughout the rev range and in any operating condition, to guarantee the highest power, smooth delivery, muscular torque at low rpm and reduced fuel consumption."

Other benefits of the all-new motor include maintencance intervals of 9,000 miles, valve clearance intervals of 18,000 miles, full Euro 4 compliance, improved crank case, more efficient oil pump, electronic fuel injection and full ride-by-wire throttle bodies.

And here it is:

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