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2010-07-21 07:08

More power. Keener steering. Tougher brakes. Ducati’s new 848 EVO should be the ultimate trackday toy.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ducati
Model 848 EVO
Engine 848CC, V-twin
Power 103kW @ 10 500r/min
Torque 98Nm @ 9 750r/min
Transmission Six-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 3 sec
Top Speed 260km/h
Fuel Tank 15.5l
Tyres 180/55 R17 ZR
Front Suspension Cartridge - upside-down
Rear Suspension Mono shock, Mono arm
Ducati’s launched an evolved version of its popular mid-range performance bike – the 848.

The 848’s capitalised EVO affix is not pure marketing. Despite its lesser displacement, the 848 EVO offers a compelling alternative to traditional litre superbikes.

A list of technical improvements justify the 'evolved' 848’s black cylinder casings and catchy branding.

The V-twin engine benefits from a revised cylinder head, redesigned pistons and improved throttle bodies - boosting power by four and a half units to a new peak of 103kW.

Dry mass is only 168kg, rendering a 0-100km/h time of only 3 seconds and a top speed of 260km/h.

Ducati has ensured the 848 EVO’s increase in power output is matched by harmonised improvements in both brake- and steering technology.

New single-piece Brembo Monobloc calipers (machined from solid alloy) should offer better rotor distortion resistance – ensuring greater durability and performance, especially for trackday riders.

A new cross-mounted steering damper should shore up handling fluidity too.

The Ducati 848 EVO is expected to be available at American and European dealerships by the end of August.

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