There’s a new Ducati in town, and it’s a head-turner! The Italian marque has launched the Ducati Scrambler Tribute 1100 Pro at Rs 12.89 lakh; for reference, the standard Ducati Scrambler 1100 retails for Rs 11 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). The Ducati Scrambler Tribute 1100 Pro is the first of 11 motorcycles Ducati has planned for India, and if this is what the start looks like, then we’re in for a treat.
As the name suggests, the Ducati Scrambler Tribute 1100 Pro, well, pays tribute to the ’70s, when the era of Scramblers began. As a part of it, the Tribute 1100 Pro comes finished in the shiny yellow paint job, contrasted by the black and tan elements on the seat, mirrors, the handlebar and the 18- and 17-inch rims.
Notice the Ducati logo stickered across the tank? It was originally designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, one of the world’s most influential automotive designers, whose portfolio includes iconic cars like the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Lotus Esprit, Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco, Bugatti EB112, Saab 9000, Subaru SVX, and the DeLorean DMC 12.
Apart from the cosmetic changes, the Ducati Tribute 1100 Pro is not very different from the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro it is based on. Powering it is the same Desmodromic 1079cc, L-twin, motor which makes 86hp and 88Nm of torque.
Yes, the convenience features are pretty thin, but that’s what makes a Scrambler, a Scrambler, no? Here you get ride-by-wire throttle which offers three different riding modes: Active, Journey and City. Then there’s Bosch Cornering ABS and traction control.
considering its price tag, the Ducati Scrambler Tribute 1100 Pro doesn’t have a natural rival in its segment. The few models that comes close are the more affordable Triumph Street Scrambler (Rs 9.35 lakh) and the BMW R Nine T Scrambler (Rs 16.75 lakh) (all prices, ex-showroom).