Boasting larger displacement than direct competitors along with a super-stiff, 1198
-derived chassis, the new-for-2011 Ducati 848
EVO benefits from several key upgrades in what is the model's first major revision since 2008.
|The 2011 848 EVO isn't exactly revolutionary, but it maximizes performance from mechanical and dynamic standpoints while sporting racier looks. (Photo: Ducati)
The EVO borrows its sleek, aggressive lines from the old 1098 while adding a touch of pearl matte white to the brand's trademark red chassis and dual exhaust under the seat. And let's not forget the gorgeous alloy wheels and single-sided swingarm that further emphasize the exotic looks of this sublime superbike.
The neatly-tucked Testastretta L-Twin engine has been improved with new cylinder heads, pistons, combustion chambers and camshafts, increasing the compression ratio from 12.1:1 to 13.2:1. Output is up from 134 to 140 horsepower at 10,500 rpm, while maximum torque jumped from 70 to 72 pounds-foot at 9,750 rpm – 1,500 rpm higher than the previous engine.
The revised Desmodromic system allows greater valve lift (13 mm vs. 11.5 in 2010) and the electronic control unit gets a new EVO injection map. The result is a highly-responsive twin-cylinder engine that happily climbs up the rpm ladder. What's more, maintenance intervals go from 6,000 to 12,000 kilometres.
There are no changes to report about the transmission. The 848 EVO uses the same 6-speed unit and hydraulically-controlled wet clutch as its predecessor.
Dynamic and racy
Geometry remains the same for all 2011 Ducati superbikes, including the 1,430-mm wheelbase and 24.5-degree steering angle. The 848 EVO receives new 1198-sourced Brembo monoblock callipers and a non-adjustable steering damper. Also worth mentioning are the corner-craving Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires and magnificent, single-sided aluminum swingarm.
|The 848 EVO receives new 1198-sourced Brembo monoblock callipers. (Photo: Ducati)