In a bad news that will put off many Ducati and Scrambler motorcycle aficionados, Italian motorcycle brand Ducati will not launch the 400cc Scrambler Sixty2 in India.
An Overdrive report confirms the decision is primarily due to price issues. When the company unveiled the Scrambler Sixty2 at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan last month, the European pricing with the 800cc sibling was narrow. The narrow price gap between the models will not be a viable option in India. Additionally, the homologation costs and the CBU line import from Thailand -- since the company does not have manufacturing line in India -- will make the pricing between 800cc and 400cc Scrambler wafer thin.
The only way for launch in a profitable way is to manufacture the motorcycle in India. Setting up a plant and line will take long duration and there is no information from the company as well. If the Scrambler Sixty2 was launched in India it would have been priced below to the 800cc range available in India for a starting price at Rs 6.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Visually, the Scrambler Sixty2 bears minimal changes against the 800cc Scrambler. The Sixty2 features slim steel fuel tank with 14-litre capacity. The tank sports dedicated graphics and logos. Additionally, the Scrambler Sixty2 is differentiated with 41mm front fork, steel tube swig arm and black silence cover.
The motorcycle is powered by 399cc Desmodronic air-cooled engine that develops 41hp. The rest of the details have been kept under wraps as of now. The motorcycle will weigh 167kg and the new Scrambler will feature ABS as standard.