Ducati is, no doubt, holding back its real 2011 highlights for EICMA in Milan November 2, but there is no denying the coolness of the updated and uprated 1198 SP. The revised 1198 has received a good load of electronic devices derived from Ducati’s vast and positive racing experience in the Superbike class. The SP replaces the previous S model and still benefits from the Ducati Traction Control System and of the Ducati Data Acquisition system. But the addition of the Ducati Quick Shifter is a nice touch. All this software, plus a state-of-the-art slipper clutch and the alloy fuel tank used on the 2010 Corse Special Edition are now standard equipment. MSRP is $21,995, which is not a big jump over that of last year’s S.
The standard 1198 is largely unchanged but gets DTC/DDA and the electronic quick-shifter as standard equipment, but at the same $16,495 MSRP of the 2010 model.
Also making its official “show” debut was the pumped-up 848 EVO. Be sure to check out Cycle World’s exclusive first test of the 2011 Ducati 848 EVO.
Expect the Mega Monster, also known as Project 0803, to make its debut in Milan. Check out spy shots and some insights into this all-new Ducati Musclebike.