Some time ago, along with the news of 100,000th Multistrada being delivered to a customer, Ducati made an announcement that had the Multistrada fans rejoicing. The Bologna marquee announced that a Multistrada V4 was in works. And now, with these spy shots, we have reasons to believe that the work has come a long way.

In these new spy shots, we can see that the Multistrada V4 is nearly ready. The machine, along with the new engine, is complete with a new chassis and a full suite of electronics. But before all that, we must address the biggest change... the engine!

Ducati ushered in the V4 era with the Panigale V4 which took the world by storm. The 90° Stradale engine had us spellbound as we tested out the Panigale V4 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

The second machine from Bologna to employ the 90° Stradale was the Streetfighter V4 which came out recently and changed the way how people looked at nakeds/streetfighters with astronomical numbers and performance that justified them.

Now, the Ducati Multistrada V4 might be the next in line to employ the monstrous 4-cylinder unit. We are sure of some changes in the tuning (and then some) to make it suit the Adv-Touring credentials of the Multistrada.

Despite that, we expect that the Multistrada V4 will still make around 200 bhp of power and around 130 Nm of torque. If so, the Multistrada V4 will sit at the top of the power table in the adventure motorcycle category.

Along with the new motor, there seems to be a new chassis that houses it. It seems like in this new avatar, the Multistrada will part with the steel trellis mainframe with cast subframe in favour of a cast mainframe and steel trellis subframe.

In addition to a styling exercise, the subframe decision also seems to be influenced by the strength and the support for the new motor and a new swingarm. Previous spy shots conveyed that the motorcycle will feature a single-sided swingarm. But the new ones clearly show the motorcycle to be in possession of a double-sided unit.

Another big feature that Ducati is testing is the radar-based cruise control. The giant box between the headlights enables the motorcycle to speed up or slow down depending on the traffic. Quite a while back, we published a report on Ducati working on something of this sort to enhance the safety aspect of motorcycling.

Now, a bit of a heartbreaker, Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, announced that there will be no Multistrada V4 before 2021. He made the announcement while delivering the 100,000th Multistrada to a German Ducatista, Dave Hayward.

In accordance with this, the earliest unveiling that we can expect is at this year's EICMA. But with the Coronavirus pandemic affecting almost every country and domain in the world, we won't be wrong to say that the work may just have slowed down a bit.