At the dark heart of the new Ducati 848 EVO a higher-spec Twin features new heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts for a six horsepower gain over the standard 848.
Ducati has announced another EVO model release, with its 2011 Ducati 848 EVO middleweight sportbike. Like the EVO versions of the Hypermotard (2010 Ducati Hypermotard EVO First Ride) the new 848 builds off the base model, but features a higher-spec engine and performance-related additions, with the Italian marque citing feedback from AMA Pro Racing (where the 848 campaigns in the Daytona SportBike class) as well as consumer feedback.
The Testastretta Evoluzione Twin gets a redesign, with Ducati swapping out new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts. While the Bologna-firm doesn’t divulge details on the new internal changes, it claims the mods up power to 140 hp @ 10,500 rpm and 72.3 lb-ft of torque at 9750 rpm. The standard 848 claims 134 hp at 10,000 rpm and 70.8 lb-ft at 8250 rpm, for EVO net power gaining six ponies and 1.5 lb-ft at higher rpm.
The 848 EVO chassis get performance help too, with a cross-mounted steering damper standard equipment. Wheels are covered with the latest generation Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires, which replace the standard 848’s Dragon Supercorsa PRO. In the braking department, Brembo monobloc calipers round out the changes.
A standard steering damper, new Diablo Supercorsa SP tires and Brembo monobloc calipers update the 848 EVO chassis.
The rest of the changes are cosmetic, with the EVO available in “Dark” edition. What makes it Dark? We’ll let Ducati PR explain: “For 2011, a special “Dark” version will be available; which unlike “Dark” editions of Ducati’s past will be a truly black bike from front to rear, giving the motorcycle an aggressive look and attitude.”
The “Dark” version of the 848 EVO rings in at a $12,995 MSRP. Ducatisti that want theirs in Ducati Red will have to spoon out an extra grand at $13,995.
If Ducati follows the same tack it took with the Hypermotard EVO models, the 848 EVO will replace the current version as standard spec in the 2011 model line.