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First look at special Ducati 848

2011-12-12 14:13

FOR THE MASSES: Ducati's Evo Corse Special Edition, beyond being a collection of decals, looks likely to take two-wheeled traction control to the masses.

Wheels24 recently reported on the MV Agusta F3 675, which debuted traction control in the mid-weight supersport class.

Now Ducati is following suit with the cracking new 848 EVO Corse SE. And it looks likely that this will be the model that takes this technology to the masses.

Purely from a visual perspective the new special Corse is decidedly easy on the eye, but there is more to it than just some striking decals.

In addition to its new traction control system, the SE also benefits from an Ohlins rear shock, Ducati Quick Shift system as well as larger 330mm brakes at the front. The SE keeps the standard 245mm brake setup at the rear, though.

Ducati Evo Corse Special Edition

RADICAL: More than traction control, the SE also benefits from a few trick additions.

2012 Ducati 848 EVO Corse SE Specs:

•    Type: L-Twin cylinder, four-valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
•    Displacement: 849.4cc
Bore x Stroke: 94x61.2mm
Compression ratio: 13.2:1
Power: 103kW at 10 500rpm
Torque: 98Nm at 9750rpm
Fuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust: Light 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes, twin stainless-steel mufflers

Gearbox: six-speed
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch: Wet multiplate with hydraulic control

Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
Wheelbase: 1430mm
Rake: 24.5°
Front suspension: Showa 43mm fully adjustable forks
Front wheel travel: 127mm
Front wheel: five-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Tyre: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohins monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel: 120mm
Rear wheel: five-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17
Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted enbloc 4-piston callipers
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel tank capacity: 15.5l
Wet weight: 194kg
Dry weight: 168kg
Instruments: Digital MotoGP-derived unit with displays for: speed, rev counter, lap times, time, air temp, coolant temp, battery voltage, A and B trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: neutral, turn signals, high beam, rev limit, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Plus: Integrated immobiliser system.
Seat height: 830mm (32.6in)

DTC: Standard equipment
DQS: Standard equipment
DDA: System-ready for Ducati Performance accessory
ABS: Not available on this model

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