Ducati has announced the most powerful middleweight sportbike on the market; the 2011 Ducati 848EVO.
The new 848EVO is the pinnacle of sport bike engineering, designed to be the leader in the middleweight class. Weighing only 369 lb and propelled by an engine boasting 140hp and 72 lb-ft of torque, it's the most powerful motorcycle in its category.
The 848EVO is based upon Ducati's best-ever selling middleweight superbike, the 848. Along with the "EVO" designation comes significant upgrades based on AMA Pro Racing feedback and consumer demand.
At the heart of the 848EVO is the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, significantly redesigned for higher output. All-new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and cams combine to produce 140hp at 10,500rpm and 72.3 lb-ft of torque at 9,750rpm. All the performance is wrapped in new black cylinder cases.
In addition to the more powerful engine, the chassis on the 848EVO and braking systems have been upgraded. A cross-mounted steering damper has been added for greater control, and the addition of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires will ensure maximum grip.
The 848EVO receives a massive upgrade to the braking system with Brembo Monobloc calipers. These single-piece calipers are machined from solid alloy and achieve higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking. The resulting increase in hydraulic efficiency not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced 'feel' at the lever.
All this combines to form the most potent, powerful and lightweight middle class sportbike available; both for the road or track.
For 2011, a special "Dark" version will be available; which unlike previous "Dark" editions will be truly black from front to rear, giving the motorcycle an aggressive look.
The Ducati 848EVO Superbike will be available in North American Ducati Dealerships at the end of August, 2010. The MSRP will remain unchanged from the 2010 848 it replaces at $12,995 for the "Dark" edition, and $13,995 for Ducati Red.