Apparently unable to maintain deniability, Ducati decided it couldn’t credibly wait until the November EICMA show in Milan and officially announced availability and some details of a new middleweight roadster, the Streetfighter 848.
As we recently reported last month, the new model will be based on the 848 chassis, but there are some important differences between it and the 848 EVO. The motor won’t be a tuned-for-torque 848 motor—instead, it will be a smaller (probably via bore and stroke) version of the 162 horsepower Testastretta 11º motor found on the Diavel. The new motorcycle will also be equipped with Ducati Traction Control and “improved ergonomics.” There is no information about what those ergonomic improvements could be, although comparing photos of the old SF with the 848 shows slightly higher bars on the new bike, which can only be a good thing. An even better thing is the 15,000-mile valve-service intervals the 11º motor offers. If the horsepower differential between the two 11-degree motors is similar to the delta of the two Superbike motors, we can still reasonably expect this bike to make about 130 to 135 hp, or around 115 at the wheel.
The other equipment is as expected. Brakes are cast, not monobloc Brembos, and the front fork looks like the same fully adjustable 43mm inverted Marzocchi unit found on the Monster 1100 EVO. Paint colors will be red, matte black and the yellow (that looks more like gold than the bright yellow we’ve seen on other models) you see here.
Although the press release states the bike will be in North American dealers in February 2012, there is no pricing information—understandable, as the Euro-U.S. Dollar relationship is a volatile one. We’ll stand by our prediction of the bike being priced right between the Monster 1100 EVO and 848 EVO, around $12,500.
Here is the press release from Ducati:
Ducati confirms their 2012 Streetfighter 848 with the first officially released images of the brand new model set to add everyday accessibility to the Italian manufacturer’s famous naked sport bike family.
Combining a new and brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine with the enhanced geometry of a chassis that provides confidence-inspiring agility, the Streetfighter 848 has enriched its user-friendliness with a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and Ducati Traction Control.
The Ducati Streetfighter scored a round one knock-out when it entered the ring for the first time at the Milan show back in November 2008, winning the ‘Most Beautiful Bike’ award and raising the bar for extreme naked bikes. Its asphalt-ripping reputation became the desire of sport naked connoisseurs throughout the world and the Streetfighter 848 will now widen that appeal even further with enhanced usability.
Available in North America from January 2012 onwards, the new fighter is dressed in red for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a return for mid-range purists and “dark stealth” provides a matte-black reminder of the Streetfighter’s aggressive image.