It seems the first fruits of the Audi acquisition of Ducati may be born in a most unusual area. Audi is rumoured to be planning to launch a three wheeled motorcycle called the Stryker Cabriolet powered by the same Ducati 1198cc Testastretta 11º power plant seen in the Multistrada and Diavel motorcycles.
The three wheeled motorcycle segment, although an anathema to most motorcyclists, has been growing rapidly as ageing boomers leave two wheels but look to find a similar kinetic experience without resorting to a car.
In the US, segment leader Can-Am sells their 3-wheeler in the tens of thousands so the new Audi, which will be sold by Ducati dealers, has the potential to be a significant sales contributor for the Bologna brand. Just as older riders migrated from Ducati Superbikes such as the 1199 Panigale to more comfortable and streetable models such as the Multistrada 1200 and Diavel, Audi / Ducati believes that some of these riders will be open to trying the Stryker. It is estimated that up to a quarter of 3-wheeler buyers have never owned a motorcycle.
As is usual for Ducati when it enters a new segment, the Styker will have little trouble seeing off its competition from a performance perspective. The testastretta 11º power plant which is in a similar spec to the Diavel boasts 160hp and 94lb-ft of torque which comfortably surpasses the 100hp and 80lb-ft of torque that the Rotax V-twin in the Can-Am can rustle up.
A whole host of electronic aids ensure the Audi Stryker Cabriolet will be both safe as well as swift including as:-
- Audi’s ASR and ESC traction and stability control
- Bosch ABS
- Ducati’s riding modes which can limit power to 80 or 120hp
The Audi Stryker Cabriolet is expected to be available for under US$20,000 and the range will include an S model which will feature a road legal termignoni silencer kit amongst other as yet undisclosed upgrades.
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