Ducati Single cylinder Hypermotard spotted testing, possible KTM 690 rival

Ducati is up to something, possibly expanding its affordable model line-up with what seems to be a Ducati single cylinder Hypermotard. Recently, this bike was spotted while testing through multiple spy shots on Italian roads, which led us to believe the brand is trying something new.  

Ducati Single cylinder Hypermotard spotted testing

Earlier Ducati’s line-up mainly consisted of L-twin motorcycles, which changed with the V4 in Panigale, Multistrada, and Streetfighter models, and was a green light from buyers to go with new engine configurations in their bikes. Now, this bike may rival the KTM 690 and hence is expected to have almost the same CCs too.

But the single cylinder might be a 659cc engine. The reason is Ducati recently registered an upcoming liquid-cooled 659cc single cylinder bike under the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ducati Single Cylinder Hypermotard: Is it the younger sibling?

Ducati Single cylinder Hypermotard

If we go by the Spy Shots, this single-cylinder bike not only has a similar design as the bigger Hypermotard 950 like the high beak, and bodywork, but also shares some features like a high-mounted twin exhaust, rear mono-shock, and similar headlights.

The test mule features skinner tyres, a single front disc setup, and a double-sided swingarm which indicates it to be the younger sibling of Hypermotard. There are also quick shifters present and the overall equipment levels will likely be high quality since it’s Ducati after all.

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Ducati Single cylinder Hypermotard unveils and Why You Should Not Expect it to be cheap.

See, even though this is a single-cylinder engine, Ducati has been maintaining their no-budget bikes rule for a long and has no intention of breaking this rule. This upcoming bike has the potential to be the most affordable or entry-level bike in the Ducati line-up, but it will not be a budget bike. That being said, the motorcycle will most likely debut in 2024 and if Ducati sees a market in India, they might launch it here too, given the fact Ducati sells its international range here. Expect the price to be around 10 lakhs or more since it’s Ducati we are talking about.