Earlier this year, while pulling the Scrambler from their line-up, Ducati promised that they would bring the Scrambler back in July with a BS-IV engine and one new variant. Right as rain, as we entered the last week of July Ducati has announced the launch of the Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled with the new Euro-4 compliant engine. The Desert Sled takes most of its design philosophy from the off-road motorcycles built for the rock mountain deserts of California, which makes it unique in the form of design. The Desert Sled will share its cycle parts with the new Euro4 compliant Scrambler, which has a twin cylinder 803cc air and oil cooled engine. The air part is a natural accessory I guess? The output remains more or less the same putting out 75 hp and 68 Nm of torque. Ducati claims that with the new configuration the engine gets smoother with more meat at the bottom end of the rev range. Which should cure the Scramblers un-Ducati like throttle response issues. Unsurprisingly, Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed gearbox.The Scrambler Desert Sled also gets a small modification to the frame and suspension with high-set mudguards, a metal mesh guard for your engine light and a skid-plate under the sump.
The Desert sled will get more functional off-road capabilities courtesy the 200mm travel extension to the front and rear suspension, and off-road style footpegs with replaceable rubber padding. The interesting bit is that the Desert Sled is not just a variant, the 19/17 inch alloys on the front and rear tyres were designed to mount Pirelli SCORPION RALLY STR tyres that have been designed to be as off-road capable as possible without compromising road grip. Add to that gold rims with blacked out spoked wheels.
The Scrambler will also get 9.1 MP ABS system with a pressure sensor, The front wheel gets single 330 mm disc and a 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monobloc calliper while the rear features a 245 mm disc gripped by a 32 mm diameter piston calliper.
Aside from two colour options. Red Dusk and White the Desert Sled, Ducati also offer a host of accessories for the Desert Sled. The prices vary depending on the colour you buy although minutely, the Scrambler Desert Sled will retail for NR 9,32,000 & INR 9,45,000 (Ex-showroom) respectively. While the Euro 4 edition of the Scrambler Classic and Icon will cost you INR 7,23,000 and INR 8,48,000 respectively. Bookings as of today are officially open.