Tuesday, November 04, 2008

2009 Ducati 1198, 1198S: First pics and specs


With the new 1198 and 1198S, Ducati are not only ready to take on Japan Inc., but also the likes of the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and KTM RC8 1190...

These are the first pics of the Ducati 1198, which replaces the 1098 in 2009. Like with the 1098, the 1198 also has a cousin – the 1198S – with both bikes getting the 1198cc engine which was earlier fitted on the 1098R. However, while this engine makes 180bhp and 140Nm of torque in the 1098R, here it only makes 170bhp and 131Nm of torque.

While both bikes are likely to have somewhat similar performance, the 1198S gets a full data logging system and a traction control system that’s controlled by software that comes from Ducati’s MotoGP and WSBK bikes. This system comes with all of eight settings to allow you to fine-tune the way it works, so now if you’re really brave enough, you can start opening the throttle that little bit earlier while exiting those 200km/h corners.



The 1198 looks hot as ever, and with 170bhp to play with, there should be no shortage of 'go'...

The 1198S also gets Öhlins suspension (the standard bike makes do with Showa bits), an Öhlins steering damper, seven-spoke forged aluminium wheels from Marchesini, and a carbonfibre front mudguard. Dry weight is 171 kilos.

With 170bhp at 9,750rpm and 131Nm of torque at 8,000rpm, Ducati’s 1198cc Testastretta Evoluzione L-twin fitted to both the bikes is likely to cause some worries for the latest four-cylinder litre-class tackle from Japan, and should be more than a match for bikes like the Aprilia RSV4, KTM RC8 and BMW S1000RR.

The standard Ducati 1198 is likely to cost around US$16,500 while the 1198S will be closer to the US$21,000 mark.


A video of the Ducati 1198 in action...

Also see:
2009 Ducati Streetfighter: First pics and specs...
The man even Valentino Rossi can't beat...!
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2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT unveiled...
2009 BMW K1300S: Pics and specs...
Roehr 1250SC riding impression...
Pics and specs: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000...
First official pics: 2009 Aprilia RSV4
The 2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja...
Pics, specs and video: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1

Elsewhere today:
Ducati 848 better than the 1098...?!


Ducati bid goodbye to the 1098 with this Troy Bayliss limited edition 1098R. Very cool!
Pics: Motoblog

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