Spy photos have been published of a production-looking Bimota DB11 VLX, the supercharged sport bike displayed at EICMA last year (pictured above in concept form). According to information from Bimota, the DB11 VLX will produce roughly 190 hp (up from the 160 hp derived from the stock Ducati Testastretta 11° engine). Bimota says it is focused on reliability, more than peak horsepower, and the more important figure might be the massive 105 pound/feet of torque the engine is expected to develop in the mid-range from its screw-type supercharger.
Bimota claims the supercharger only adds approximately 10 pounds to the weight of the normally aspirated DB11, keeping claimed dry weight under 400 pounds. In addition to its close affiliation with Ducati, Bimota is working on a production BB2 superbike powered by a BMW S1000RR engine. Bimota also has a touring bike, of sorts, and an enduro, each with Ducati power.
Perhaps most interesting is the news being reported by more than one Italian ezine that Roberto Comini, the Milan-based pharmaceutical magnate, has reached agreement with an unnamed Swiss businessman to transfer ownership of Bimota to a Swiss group that will inject significant capital into the development of new models. According to sources, an official announcement should be made next week.