Leading Italian sports bike manufacturer Ducati has showcased the Scrambler Icon Dark motorcycle at the Ducati World Premiere in Rimini. The event also saw the launch of a number of other high profile Ducati bikes that include the Panigale V2 and the Streetfighter V4.
The Scrambler Icon Dark, as the name suggests, gets an all-black treatment. It sports a matte black colour scheme with minimalist bodywork. The two-wheeler continues to get LED daytime running lights (DRLs) housed in the headlamp unit. The bezel, however, is now finished in a matte black scheme and is flanked by conventional turn indicators. The Scrambler Icon Dark now gets retro-styled round mirrors instead of the angular units usually seen on other Ducati models. The bike has a teardrop-shaped petrol tank. Its side panels have a brushed metal finish. The main tank, however, gets the overall matte black colour along with both mudguards.
Other than these changes, the technical specifications of the Scrambler Icon Dark remain unchanged. The two-wheeler is hauled by an L-twin, 803cc Euro 4 (BS-IV) engine which produces 74bhp and 68Nm peak torque. European motorcycle manufacturers have got an extension to continue selling Euro 4 two-wheelers until 31 December, 2020. It seems Ducati is unlikely to upgrade the Scrambler Icon Dark’s anytime soon and the bike may not be launched in India before the BS-VI emission standard comes into effect from 1 April. The safety equipment of the Icon Dark comprises of an antilock braking system (ABS).
The new Scrambler Dark is priced lower than the orange and yellow coloured versions sold in the global market. It’s the most affordable model in the Scrambler series and is expected to cost around INR64,000 less than other versions. The Scrambler’s current version commands an entry-level ex-showroom price of INR7.20 lakh.
The Scrambler Icon Dark, as and when it’s launched in India, will lock horns with the Suzuki RM Z450 and the KTM 790 Duke.