More powerful, lighter and safer
The new DUCATI 1198, while maintaining the same look as the previous 1098, is in fact a totally new bike. The 1198, which produces a powerful 170hp (125kW) from its new Testastretta Evoluzione engine, and has a dry weight of just 171kg (377lb), incorporates all of the World Superbike technology derived directly from the 2008 World Championship winning race bike of Troy Bayliss.
The 1198 is powered by the powerful Testastretta Evoluzione, a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic engine, the crowning glory of Ducati’s development and perfection of the L-Twin engine, that produces 170hp (125kW) @ 9,750rpm and a class-beating 97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque @ 8,000rpm.
From data acquisition systems integrated as standard equipment, to ingenious dual
construction methods for its weight-saving single-sided swingarm and to the road-going
Ducati Traction Control, Ducati’s innovative trackside solutions continue to flow.
The innovative Ducati Traction Control system, supplied as standard equipment on
the 1198 S model, enables the retrieval and analysis of data collected from your previous
track session or road trip. DTC monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear
wheel-spin under acceleration and electronically reduces engine power to restore traction. DTC,
which offers a choice of eight profiles, provides a considerable increase in safety
during mid-corner acceleration.
The 2009 Superbike range presents the awesomely powerful new 1198 in the famous Ducati red and pearl white, and for those who demand the ultimate in specification, the 1198 S in Ducati red and midnight black with new bronze-coloured wheels and frame.