But the latest Multistrada is an impressive machine. The technical specification centers around a special edition of the mighty liquid-cooled 1198 desmoquattro unit called "Testastretta 11 degrees," denoting the cam-timing valve overlap. This sounds pretty tame next to the 1198 Superbike's 41-degree overlap phase. And while the shorter overlap emphasizes torque, the Multistrada engine nonetheless produces a claimed 150 horsepower at 9250 rpm, with 87.5 foot-pounds of torque at 7500 rpm. What counts most is that this engine is said to be extremely fluid and tractable, with lots of power at low rpm. Further, fuel economy is allegedly improved by 15 percent.