Ducati has unveiled the 2015 Scrambler, a new sport bike years in the making and designed specifically with the U.S. market in mind. The Scrambler represents the first new entry-level model on the part of the Italian manufacturer since it introduced the Monster in the early '90s, featuring a "post-heritage" design that hearkens back to Ducati's earlier days. It's driven by an 800cc L-Twin engine -- based on elements from the Monster 796 and the Hypermotard 796 -- that generates 75 horsepower and 50-foot-pounds of torque, with the power output chain-driving a 17-inch rear wheel through a 6-speed transmission. Additional details include Kayaba suspension, Brembo brake calipers and Pirelli MT60RS tires developed especially for this model.The design uses traditional materials, including the aluminium rear swingarm and engine covers, as well as a steel teardrop tank and frame, combined with new-generation components in the form of front and rear LED lighting and LCD instruments.
The Scrambler will arrive in Ducati dealerships starting in January 2015, with an Icon version, in yellow and red, joined by three others: the Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic. Pricing begins at $8,495.