Ducati Creates A New Luxury Tourer With The 2020 Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour

The big-bore 2020 Ducati L-twin Multistrada’s last hurrah.

2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour.
2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour.Ducati

Ducati has already announced that come next year, some version of the Desmosedici Stradale powerplant will make its way into the Multistrada. Until then, it's giving the 1,262cc DVT Testastretta Evoluzione DVT motor one last chance to shine in the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour.

2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour Changes

The Multi Grand Tour comes in a sleek gray and red paint scheme, and represents the luxo-touring arm of the 1260 lineup. In addition to bold new graphics, the $23,295 price tag includes the Ducati Touring Pack (panniers, sidestand, heated grips) installed from the factory rather than as an optional add-on accessory. The Grand Tour also gets LED fog lights as standard. Other than that, it's the same Multi 1260 S we've been enjoying since 2018.

Splashes of red on the 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour.
Splashes of red.Ducati

Give Us The V4 Multistrada!

If you think by spilling the beans about the Multistrada V4 (or whatever it’ll be called) Ducati may have scalped 2020 sales of its big-bore tourer, there’s probably some method to its madness. With KTM expected to unveil a replacement for its 1290 Super Adventure at this year’s EICMA, Ducati may have wanted to signal would-be buyers that they won’t have to wait long for its formidable V-4 package to show up ensconced in ADV touring bodywork. In other words, the announcement may have been code for: “Don’t buy a KTM! We’ve got something all-new coming next year!”

So the MTS Grand Tour is Ducati saying: "Look at this! It isn't orange and it's really nice!" Plus, it's a nice way to celebrate 100,000 Multis sold over the years.

Touring Pack accoutrements come standard.
Touring Pack accoutrements come standard.Ducati

So if you can’t hold out for the V4—and like us, are big fans of the 1260 S anyway—you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get your hands on the MTS GT, though there’s no word on when it will show up at US dealerships. When it does, we sure think it’ll look tempting in its fancy new paint scheme.

A classic visage of the 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour.
A classic visage.Ducati

2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour Price And Specifications

PRICE $23,295
ENGINE 1,262cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled desmodromic V-twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 106.0 x 71.5mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection w/ 56mm throttle bodies
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm electronically adjustable for compression and rebound w/ Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS); 6.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Electronically adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound w/ Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS); 6.7-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo M50 radial-mount 4-piston calipers, 330mm discs w/ Cornering ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston caliper, 265mm disc w/ Cornering ABS
WHEELS Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. front; 17 x 6.0-in. rear
TIRES Pirelli Scorpion Trail II; 120/70-17 front, 190/55-17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.4 in.
WHEELBASE 62.4 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.5–33.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.3 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 525 lb.
AVAILABLE TBD
CONTACT ducati.com
Standard Ducati Multimedia System lets riders connect their phones to the bike’s dash.
Standard Ducati Multimedia System lets riders connect their phones to the bike’s dash.Ducati
As on other MTS S models, the GT includes a full suite of electronic features, including wheelie control and vehicle hold control. An up/down quickshifter, cornering lights, and cornering ABS are also standard.
As on other MTS S models, the GT includes a full suite of electronic features, including wheelie control and vehicle hold control. An up/down quickshifter, cornering lights, and cornering ABS are also standard.Ducati
Standard fog lights in action.
Standard fog lights in action.Ducati
While the Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the more off-road-centric model, the GT is still game for a bit of a roost.
While the Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the more off-road-centric model, the GT is still game for a bit of a roost.Ducati
Grand Tour detailing.
Grand Tour detailing.Ducati
More Grand Tour detailing in the seat.
More Grand Tour detailing in the seat.Ducati
Red stripe on wheels accentuates the bike’s graphics package.
Red stripe on wheels accentuates the bike’s graphics package.Ducati
Bold new graphics.
Bold new graphics.Ducati
The prettiest Multistrada yet?
The prettiest Multistrada yet?Ducati