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.