2011 Ducati 1198 SP Superbike First Look

October 5, 2010
Bart Madson
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2011 Ducati 1198 SP
Replacing the 1198 S, the 2011 Ducati 1198 SP includes upgrades such as a slipper clutch and a quick shifter.  

Ducati has unveiled the 1198 SP Superbike at the INTERMOT Bike Show. The new SP model headlines the changes to the Superbike line, but Ducati also announced stock upgrades to the base 1198 model. The Italian marque revealed a higher spec version of its Supersport entry, the 848 EVO, earlier this year.

1198 SP

The 1198 SP replaces the 1198 S in the 2011 Ducati lineup. Featured upgrades to the SP are the addition of a slipper clutch and quick shifter as standard features, as well as an Ohlins TTX rear shock. These upgrades enhance a package that already includes the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) systems.

But the biggest news with the 1198 SP is its cost – retailing for only $200 more than the 2010 S model it replaces. The TTX shock alone costs around $1400.

Ducati 1198
Also getting upgrades is the 1198 base model, which now comes with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) and the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) as standard equipment.


The base model of the 1198 also gets significant upgrades, at least from a value standpoint. The optional DTC and DDA systems now come standard equipement, as does the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS). All these extra goodies come without an inflated pricetag. The 2011 Ducati 1198 costs the same as last year’s at $16,495.

The long-rumored Ducati Diavel super streetfighter will make its expected debut at the EICMA Milan Bike Show next month. The Italian motorcycle maker normally saves all its major model reveals for Milan, but usually gives visitors to the INTERMOT show something exclusive as well.

“We decided to consolidate our presence here in Cologne because we believe in the importance of this exhibition event, which opens the European motor show season,” said Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio, President at the firm’s INTERMOT press conference. “Our presence at the show is proof of our commitment to customers in Germany and northern Europe, and underlines our aim to expand in Germany, which is the second most important market in Europe for Ducati.”