2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S Goes Dark

Black on Black livery adds more attitude

Black on Black
Ducati’s Monster 1200 S gets a Black on Black color scheme for 2020.Ducati

Ducati Monster is one of the most successful models of Ducati's more recent history. The Monster started life in 1993, and it was Ducati return to the domain of extroverted models, the first of a long line of sporty nakeds, powered by the mild Ducati air-cooled, SOHC 900—the Desmo engine for all seasons. It sure was an aggressive looking naked from the pencil of Argentinian designer Miguel Galluzzi.

Through it’s 26 year life, the Monster has known great success with a few ups and downs with some versions of its original and very neat styling badly manipulated. But it always featured strong engines, eventually evolving into a real power naked in 2015, when the Monster R version appeared, powered by the mighty Ducati 1198 8-valve Desmo twin in its super torquey Testastretta 11 Dual Spark version, rated at 160 horsepower at the time. The Monster 1200 got another shot in the arm in 2018, when the 25th Anniversary edition was put on the market, the richest ever, sporting Öhlins suspension front and rear, 3.50 x 17 and 6.00 x 17 forged aluminum wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.

2020 Monster 1200 S
Sporting 147 horsepower the 2020 Monster 1200 S looks menacing in black.Ducati

For 2020 the 1200 S version is offered in sharp and moody Black on Black graphics that extracts the best-styling cues of this latest edition of the Monster. The Monster 1200 S Black on Black shares all the best from the Monster R version, with the latest Öhlins 48mm fork and Öhlins monoshock, all fully adjustable. Braking in handled by Brembo, the front fitted with 330mm twin rotors and M50 Monoblock four-pistons calipers.

Öhlins full adjustable suspension and Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers
Öhlins full adjustable suspension and Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers are standard equipment on the 2020 Monster 1200 S.Ducati

Forged aluminum wheels have an elegant three Y shaped spokes, one in red to illuminate the surrounding all-black glossy and matt graphics. The Testastretta 11 powerhouse conforms to Euro4 emission standards, and is rated at 147 hp. It comes with an up and down quickshifter and Ducati’s highly effective electronics safety suite inclusive of ride by wire control system and inertial platform, which provide cornering ABS, traction control, and wheelie control functions.

Ducati’s Testastretta 11 Dual Spark
Ducati’s Testastretta 11 Dual Spark engine powers the blacked out 2020 Monster 1200 S.Ducati
2020 Monster 1200 S
The 2020 Monster 1200 S will arrive in dealers September 2019.Ducati

Daytime riding lights and turn signals are LED units. The instrumentation TFT display offers a wide range of information at the touch of a switch. The 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S Black on Black will be available at the end of September.