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2011 Ducati 848 EVO Sportbike First Look

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ducati has announced another EVO model release  with its 2011 Ducati 848EVO middleweight sportbike.
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.

The 848EVOs Testastretta Evoluzione Twin gets a redesign  with Ducati swapping out new cylinder heads  pistons  throttle bodies and camshafts.
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.

While Ducati doesnt divulge details on the new internal changes to the 848EVO  it claims the mods up power to 140 hp @ 10 500 rpm and 72.3 lb-ft of torque at 9750 rpm. Wheels are covered with the latest generation Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires  which replace the standard 848s Dragon Supercorsa PRO. The rest of the changes are cosmetic  with the EVO available in Dark edition.
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ladfromaus   February 7, 2011 09:09 AM
A dealer in Athens Georgia offered $12,800 OTD. Nice fella is our Paul.
tanvir johal   February 3, 2011 11:39 PM
where can i buy this bike for $12999?
Phil -Price  January 21, 2011 02:31 AM
The price is relative, im living in Thailand and there is a huge tax on European goods. Over here the 848 evo is costing 30,000 and im still considering it. I used to own a ZX9R circa 2002 and i would say i got used to it and it was fast enough for me, maybe a tough more acceleration, but top end was fine. After getting new born son to his 5th birthday and getting to school though of again a bike on the drive. Tested an R1 last year though i managed to ring its neck on the test ride, give myself a glimpse of near death experience, so come to the conclusion that the liter bikes of today are beyond what i require. Love the 848 and think it would give a the acceleration having similar power though being a little lighter that the ZX9R. Im trying to be honest with my style and likely usage, plus the convenience of service, not living in the capital and ducati service wont be everywhere over here. Though the Suzuki 750 is also in my thoughts must be honest and say the Ducati bug has been planted via pictures and youtube. Not being an out and out speed freak i like the passion that you can pick up on from the bike and ownership. Thoughts on alternatives would be interesting, taking into account my market and that 30,000 is my limit
JayFalcon -ducati  December 3, 2010 10:48 AM
cool i got a new ducati848 this thing iz sexy im going to drive it after school with ma gurl shes hot yooooooooooooo im duinq her
Robert -Ducati 848 EVO  November 5, 2010 04:27 PM
There will always be faster, sexier etc bikes. I love my 2003 Ducati ST4 and it will stay with me forever. It does cost more to own and I knew that when I bought it. I have spent many bucks making it faster, sound better and just to be "my" bike. Gerbigs heated gear was worth more than any go fast bit that I bought for the bike.....I ride all year. The only other bike I really would want is the older Ducati 916....that is until I saw the Ducati 848 Dark. Bottom line is this.....when you buy a bike or car screw all the comparisons....if you can smile when you walk in your garage a year, two years three years just by looking at the car or bike you bought, then you bought the right vehicle. I still smile and lust after my 2003. There is room for the 848. Folks just buy something that makes you smile just for you and ride.
stevo -mr  November 2, 2010 11:25 AM
Just bought a new 2010 evo, part exed my 2009 R1 with full race system.

I just did not enjoy opening my garage door to a mass produced bike built to a strict budget in a factory in asia.

I loved my 999 and I am looking forward to my 848evo, dont care if its not the fastest, I wont be at the back!!!!!!!!!!
billy -i want a 848  October 9, 2010 10:16 AM
This bike would be my vette and trust me 1198s cant even keep up with my GSXR1000 just a different kind of power on a ducati
Giovanni -A great bike for real roads  August 24, 2010 07:12 AM
It is true that you can buy bikes that perform better on a track for less than the 848, but in comparison to the Ducati these bikes look ugly and the Ducati has more Torque at low rpms, which mean that the Ducati is faster than a Jap on real roads and is more fun to drive. I believe that on real roads the 848 superbike together with the Monster and SF are the most performing bikes.
White perl -hmm... damn it!  August 10, 2010 10:47 PM
just got a 2009 perl white almost new.. This full dark black EVO is exactly what I was looking for from the color to the brakes and stuff.. but I didn't know Ducati was about to release this bike!! and for the same price than an old-brand new 848 2010 !!! damn it.. are you guy looking for a white perl? very low miles
TheBrain -Will Parker  August 8, 2010 03:43 AM
You have figured out the secret, go and buy that "half priced" motorbike.
brett -nice upgrades but.....  July 23, 2010 12:08 PM
No more white???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Desmolicious -It's about the torque..  July 22, 2010 12:12 PM
"performance on par with 600s"? Maybe on the racetrack where you can wring out every last rev of the motor. But on public streets, it's much harder to keep a bike in the 10,000rpms and up that the current Japanese supersports need to get to where their power is. The Ducati makes much much more power and torque than the Japanese 600s in the real world 3-9000rpm range. And so will be much easier and faster to ride.
TEFLON434 -WERA Racer  July 21, 2010 07:28 PM
EVO???? But, YES!!! Sexy, Nice And Faster!!! This spec 848 should have jus been the 2011 model. Upgraded from the other years... an EVO should have wayyyyyy more stuff.... I say 848, 848S, 848R, then something kRaZy..... EVO.... Stroked motor, Magnesium bits, ridiculous price and only a certain amount... Only 500 available!!!! None to Jay Leno, Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt.... LOL!!!!
unclewill -Smoke  July 21, 2010 03:49 PM
A new Nissan GT-R will "smoke" a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa (for 1/180th the price) but who really cares?
will parker -lame defense..  July 21, 2010 02:42 PM
you can't measure "sexiness" or "character" you can measure performance and stock for stock Ducati usually get outperformed..amd are Way more expensive to boot..140 hp? more like 118 and a Suzuki 750 will smoke it..
Shaitan -Shexxxy baby shexxy  July 21, 2010 12:48 PM
That's one sexy Italian bike!
edub -huh?  July 21, 2010 09:15 AM
I'm not saying the 140hp/72 is not inflated but what Jap 600 is putting out even close 140hp and 72 lb-ft of torque? Or come with anything close to brembo cast monoblocs? Or coming with Pirelli SC OEM SC's? Or Steel Braided lines? Or Projector Headlamps? Even better OEM bodywork that will actually go on correctly after you take it off without a giant headache?
unclewill -If you have to ask the price...  July 21, 2010 09:14 AM
...you probably can't afford it.
Tim -Nice  July 21, 2010 07:18 AM
They arent realy better just different. I own a 2002 Ducati Monster S4 with a 916 cc displacement and out thd door was about 12k back then and have no regrets. This bike looks like a good deal if it floats your boat.
zer0Triple -Tires... and price..  July 21, 2010 05:25 AM
Tires - Is it just me, or do the tires in the pictures look like the Dragon Supercorsas? Price - Ducati's are going to be expensive... A friend of mine just got a '10 848... He's not even done with break-in and is in for over $500 on service already... that's from having the first service (read: oil change) done, and after installing Termignoni slip-ons himself, he had to bring the bike to the dealer to get the TPS reset... IMHO def really nice bikes, but maitenance, service and accessories are ridiculous
M5zealot -Price?  July 20, 2010 10:42 PM
Oh god another price nazi! You really think a guy who lust after a Ducati is going to care that Japanese "toaster" bike cost less? Ducati is a Ducati. You are buying a racing heritage and passionately produced bikes by Ducati enthusiast. One visit to the factory and see how the employees love their job is worth the admission price. I'm not trying to start a debate but please leave price out of thread.
Scottydoo -RE: Ducati's value  July 20, 2010 08:09 PM
I agree Michael. Although I don't currently lust after a Ducati myself, I can certainly see the attraction and can understand how people could get hooked on a Ducati. Fantastic looking bikes.
Michael -a ducati's value  July 20, 2010 07:04 PM
This may sound cliche, but Ducati bikes aren't really the kind of bike you buy for the per dollar performance value. They are more for the character you get with the bike. Seeing how the the black version is $1000 cheaper than what is use to be, and comes with better performance, sounds like a good deal.
will parker -ducati  July 20, 2010 04:43 PM
and the performance will still be on par with a 600 supersport that you can get a deal on for almost half ther price...