Ducati pulled out all the stops at their home show in Milan tonight by unveiling a new family of bikes, a new Hyperstrada, an upgraded 1199R and a touring version of the Ducati Diavel called the Diavel Strada.
The star-studded Italian launch which featured a member of the firm’s new owners – Audi – appearing on stage for the first time at a major press event – also saw Ducati launching not one, but three versions of its new Hypermotard. And one bike, the new Hyperstrada is set to be called the baby Multistrada.
All three bikes, including the new standard Hypermotard, the Hypermotard SP, and the Hyperstrada use a new 821cc engine in a new frame. The Hyper range is described by Ducati’s boss, Claudio Domenicali as being a fun bike for sports use for everyday fun in the urban environment. Or as he later put it, “an essential everyday product, but with a hooligan soul.”
All three bikes in the new Hypermotard range use an 821cc liquid-cooled four-valve version of the Testastretta 2 V-twin engine and make 110bhp in full power mode. There are three different fuel maps for sport, touring and urban. The urban map makes 75bhp, and the touring map makes full 110bhp power but in a softer fashion. In full power mode the 821cc motor makes 65.8ftlb of torque.
But it’s the new Hyperstrada that looks set to capture the hearts of British riders looking for a lighter, slightly less powerful Multistrada that also doesn’t carry the weight of the big 1200.
The new Hyperstrada uses the same basic chassis as the others but gets a screen, panniers, a lower seat at 850mm, Kayaba forks, a Sachs rear shock, passenger grab handles, a touring seat and a sump guard. The Hypermotard is £9550, the Hyperstrada is £10,650, and the Hypermotard SP is £11,850.
The SP-version features Ohlins front forks, Marzocchi rear shock, a racier paint scheme and a set of sticky Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres, compared to the Hypermotard’s longer-distance Pirellis and slightly more basic Kayaba forks and Sachs rear shock.
Ducati’s amazing new £26,500 1199R is set to take on BMW’s new HP4 S1000RR as king of the ultimate sports bikes when it goes on sale next year.
The new bike, developed by Ducati’s Corse race division, features a four-way adjustable swingarm pivot designed to improve rear traction in a racing environment, titanium conrods which are lighter by 700g and stronger, a lighter flywheel by 700g, and now the ability to rev to a heady 12,000rpm, instead of 11,500rpm on the standard 1199. It’s no coincidence that Ducati is officially racing the Panigale with Carlos Checa and the Alstare team in 2013, and most of these changes need to be fitted to a production bike if they are to be raced in WSBK.
Ducati also revealed a new ECU kit which boots power even further than the claimed 195bhp (!) and gives even more mid-range when bought with the new Racing Pro exhaust system. It also gets carbon fibre fairing panels and dash insert. The 1199R Panigale is set to cost £26,500. The bike that is, not just the exhaust.
The standard 2013 1199 Panigale gets its mid-range smoothed out between 4000 and 8000rpm for 2013 with no other changes.
A touring version of the Ducati Diavel performance cruiser called the Diavel Strada. It gets a screen and panniers for a more long-distance vibe, brought on by people wanting a Diavel but also wanting to be able to cover ground in a bit more comfort. It costs £14,995.