Monday, October 03, 2011
2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848: More details, official high-res pics
Ducati have released more details and high-res pics of the 2012 Streetfighter 848. ‘The Streetfighter 848 delivers pure motorcycle enjoyment with the combination of a brand new, brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine and the enhanced geometry of a frame that ensures agility with confidence-inspiring feel,’ claims a press release from Ducati. ‘With user-friendliness now enriched by a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and traction control, Ducati’s unique fighter style is set to create more excitement than ever,’ it adds.
When we ask ourselves if we’d want one, the answer is inevitably no. If we wanted a Ducati Streetfighter, why would we take an 848 over the full-monty 1098 or, better still, the rumoured 1198 that’s expected to be unveiled in Milan later this year? Isn’t the Streetfighter supposed to be all about brute, tyre-shredding horsepower? In this part of the motorcycling world, bigger has to be better, right? Well, not necessarily, if Ducati are to be believed.
The Streetfighter 848’s Testastretta L-twin produces 132 horsepower and 92Nm of torque, which is not all that far off the bigger Streetfighter’s numbers. And, according to Ducati, the 848’s ‘silky smooth’ power delivery, combined with a revised chassis and race-derived, eight-level electronic traction control system make for hitherto unachievable performance levels. At 169 kilos dry, and with its sophisticated chassis, suspension and engine electronics, the 848 is an accomplished Streetfighter in its own right.
In addition to paying attention to power and performance, Ducati have also tweaked the Streetfighter’s ergonomics, making it more comfortable than ever before. The handlebars are now 20mm higher, footpegs are 10mm wider on each side and the seat has been reshaped for added comfort. Also, the Streetfighter 848’s fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks and fully adjustable Sachs monoshock have been tuned and optimised for all-out high-speed handling and hard-charging riders are likely to be very happy with how the bike responds when ridden flat-out.
So, would we have one of these? Er… if it weren’t for the 1199 Panigale and the rumoured Streetfighter 1198S, maybe… :-)
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