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2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 First Look

Monday, September 12, 2011
2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848
The Ducati Streetfigher 848 makes use of the Testastretta 11 engine powering the 848 EVO supersport.
The 848 Streetfighter will obviously employ more street-friendly ergonomics than its supersport kin
The Streetfigher 848 makes use of the Testastretta 11 engine powering the 848 EVO supersport, which should deliver class-leading power in the current middleweight naked class.
Ducati expands its naked street bike lineup with the 2012 Streetfighter 848. The Italian manufacturer makes official the long-rumored Streetfighter addition with the release of its first press photos.

Ducati confirms its new Streetfighter will source the 848 Testastretta 11 engine found in the 848 supersport. The Ducati 848 EVO powerplant turned the MotoUSA dyno up to 119 rear wheel horsepower and 63 lb-ft torque during our 2011 Supersport Shootout. Those 848 EVO power stats figure to drop slightly, however, as Ducati says of the L-Twin that it has “enriched its user-friendliness with a smooth and flexible power delivery.”

Even reckoning a dip in peak power numbers for street-friendly tuning, the 848 Streetfighter figures to outclass current middleweight naked rivals, like the BMW F800R and Yamaha FZ8 – neither of which crested 100 hp or 60 lb-ft when tested during our 2-3-4 Middleweight Street Bike Comparison.

Spec sheet details are fleeting, though the 848 Streetfighter will employ more street-friendly ergonomics than its supersport kin. The Ducati-standard steel trellis frame is visible, along with components like an adjustable inverted fork and radial-mount Brembo brakes. The chassis rolls on Diablo Rosso Corsa tires.

Ducati’s 848 news release corroborates the bike will utilize Ducati Traction Control, following the electronic lead of all Ducati’s latest street offerings like the Multistrada and Diavel.

The new 848 is promised to be in the hands of the American Ducatisti by January of 2012. It will be available in the traditional Ducati red, but also a yellow colorway and a third matte-black option.

Ducati figures to follow this 848 release with an updated 2012 version of its larger-displacement Streetfigher. The larger bike will utilize the extra 100cc displacement of Ducati’s current Superbike engine, potentially dubbed the Streetfigher 1198.

MotoUSA will get to know the new Ducs a little bit better later this month at the international launch in Italy. Check back September 30th for our First Ride evaluation.
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Piglet2010   September 14, 2011 09:50 PM
Looks like something that we should be using bug spray on. I'll pass, thank you.
Superlight   September 14, 2011 01:58 PM
I've read all the bike reviews too, but when I make a decision to buy a motorcycle it is my opinion that counts the most. On any motorcycle, its what grabs you, or not.

What I'd like to see now that Ducati has extended its 11 degree engine technology to the 848 is a new Supersport, based on the 848 engine, but with a full fairing and reasonable ergos. A truly reasonable sportbike made for riding, not racing.
McHack   September 14, 2011 08:05 AM
Price isnt a concern for me... but, I'm not a koolaid drinker either. Notice, I mentioned that after the fact that the 675 is rated higher in ever review this year?
MCUSSR   September 14, 2011 07:42 AM
Price is not a problem for the people who buy Ducati, Ferrari, or any Euro import. We've found that Yamaha's FZ6,8,or 1 are great bikes for the general consumers but Ducati motorcycle owners are a cut above the rest. While Asia stands to rule another decade in quality for now, Japan seems to be losing ground fast to Europe. Quality doesn't hurt Harley Davidson's sales in the U S market. But image doesn't carry well in other countries. Like Yugosliva who loved the now infamous Yugo compact car, U S sales will remain high for some companies.
McHack   September 14, 2011 06:16 AM
Sure LOOKS awesome, but we've all seen the middleweight odd-ball sportbike comparos, & typically, the 848 came in last compared to the Daytona 675R or the GSXR750... this year due to a flat spot in the midrange, & comfort issues. Then there's price, a Street Triple R can be had for $9,599 new... A SPEED Triple's MSRP is $11,999 / $12,799 (with ABS). I really WANT to like it, because it looks SOOO hot. But, I've been in that relationship before. Guess we'll have to wait & see.
DocNick   September 13, 2011 10:44 AM
Doesn't look like an FZ8 competitor to me at all. Too short, too sharp, too cramped, too twitchy, and will probably cost significantly more. If that's what you want, it looks like a kick-ass bike, but I can't see anyone trying to decide between this and the Fz8.
leward18   September 13, 2011 12:15 AM
Good to go. I was beginning to think that Ducati had no plans for a Streetfighter 1198. I look forward to the battle with the Aprilia Tuono V4R.
wobblyhead   September 12, 2011 10:11 PM
If it has the DTC package will that include ABS? Even a retuned 848 should be good for 130 hp and 60 lb/ft of torque. Can't see the FZ8 competing with that. Plus, the FZ8 is damn soft.
GhostRider11   September 12, 2011 04:38 PM
As an owner of a 2011 848Evo (black), true Ducati loyalists won't be too concerned with price aslong as the performance of the new crop of street-fighters make the bikes exciting to ride! Ducati's marketing plans have been on the money for awhile now, so they will make the new line of 2012 machinery appealing (price-wise) to everyone that dares to throw a leg over them. After a demo ride, it's very hard to just walk out the door without the keys (of ownership) in hand!
MCUSA Bart   September 12, 2011 01:23 PM
Good point naked freak. No MSRP listed yet, will update when available.
nakedfreak   September 12, 2011 01:04 PM
I agree that the 848 Streetfighter will outclass its middleweight rivals like the FZ8, but its pricetag will mean it will have to compete with bikes like the Z1000 and CB1000R and then it will be the bike getting outclassed.