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2011 Ducati 848 EVO – Click above for high-res image gallery

At its very core, the Ducati brand has always been all about a race-bred pedigree, and now amongst a pack of formidable competitors, the Italian company seeks to emerge on top of the middleweight battle by having the fittest steed in the paddock. Meet the new 848 EVO sport bike, which boasts performance upgrades aplenty over the previous 848.

The heart of the new machine will beat to a faster tempo as a modified engine now churns out 140 horsepower and 72.3 pound-feet of twist before reaching its crescendo at 10,500 rpm. That's up six ponies from the last 848.

All new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts wrapped in a blacked-out engine case are responsible for making the EVO the most powerful two-wheeler in its class. Were guessing the 369lb package will make easy work of a stoplight or starting grid launch with those specs. For those keeping track of such things, the 848 EVO's power-to-weight ratio bests that of the best literbikes from a decade ago.

Continued evolution aimed at harnessing the beast comes in the form of all new single piece Brembo Monobloc calipers offering higher levels of rigidity to resist performance robbing distortion in those way-past-the-mark braking situations. Improved rider feel at the controls will not only be aided by the braking system but also a cross-mounted steering stabilizer. All of these performance and handling improvements are claimed to be a direct result of pro racing feedback, coupled with consumer demand.

Ducati's EVO-ised middleweight will arrive as a 2011 model in North American dealerships as early as late August. One thing that will not be changed, however, will be the price of admission, which remains at $12,995 for an all new, and much more sinister looking, truly black Dark Edition, or $13,995 if your heart desires timeless Ducati Red. Hit the jump to view the full press release. Oh, and we'll see if we can't snag some live shots at the bike's unveiling this weekend at the MotoGP race. Stay tuned!

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New for 2011, the 848EVO is the year's most significant middleweight sport bike

Cupertino, Calif. (20 July 2010) – Ducati proudly announces today the most powerful middleweight sport bike on the market; the 2011 Ducati 848EVO Superbike.

The new Ducati 848EVO is the pinnacle of sport bike engineering, designed to be the leader in the middleweight class. Weighing only 369 pounds and propelled by 140 horsepower and 72 lb/ft of torque, it is the most powerful motorcycle in its category.

The 848EVO is based upon Ducati's best ever selling middleweight Superbike- the 848. Along with the "EVO" designation comes a significant amount of upgrades based on AMA Pro Racing feedback and consumer demand.

At the heart of the 848EVO is the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, significantly redesigned for a higher power output. All new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts combine for a forceful output of 140hp @ 10,500rpm and 72.3 lb/ft of torque @9,750rpm. All of this significant engine performance is wrapped in new black cylinder cases.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the 848EVO's chassis and braking systems have been upgraded. A cross-mounted steering damper has been added for greater control of the steering system, and the welcome addition of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires will ensure maximum grip while delivering every last horsepower to the asphalt.

The 848EVO receives a massive upgrade to the braking system in the form of Brembo Monobloc calipers. These single-piece calipers are machined from solid alloy and achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking. The resulting increase in hydraulic efficiency not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise 'feel' at the brake lever.

All this combines to form the most potent, powerful and lightweight middle class sport bike available; both for the road or race track usage. 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 Ducati 848EVO Superbike will be available in North American Ducati Dealerships at the end of August, 2010. Impressively, MSRP will remain unchanged from the 2010 848 it replaces: $12,995 for the "Dark" edition, and $13,995 for Ducati Red.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is the sexiest bike i've ever seen. Now to search the couch cushions for $13K
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the idea of the 848. Back in 1999 I owned a Duc 748S so it had decent suspension but not Ohlins forks. If I recall, it was the same price the 848 goes for today. It was a lovely motorcycle and highly capable of ultra fast roadwork. I would love a go on an 848, but owning one would be out of the question as the ergos do not make sense at anything other than attack pace. Anyone looking would do well to consider one of these over a 1098 or any other literbike. Middleweight twins are magic out in the twisties.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can an 849cc bike really be considered a middleweight? Or is it now just anything that is not a liter bike a middleweight? When I think of middleweights I think of:
      Triumph Daytona 675: 124hp 53ft/lbs
      Yamaha YZF-R6: 100hp 40ft/lbs
      Honda CBR600RR: 100hp 48ft/lbs

      The Ducati is just a much more powerful bike. I'm not sure what I would classify this bike as but i'm not sure middleweight is appropriate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have added a slipper clutch too. Good work on the steering damper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The weak point would seem to be the suspenders, which I have heard are a little bit budget on the normal 848 and there's no notation that anything regarding the suspension has been changed on this one.

      Oh well, most of these become garage queens anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love stealth black. But does it come in glossy pink?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bike fairings are relatively easy to paint due to their size and ease of removing from the bike. So for a couple hundred, you could have pink.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd say excitement begins to swell around 4k rpm... skyrocketing to red line, only to peak once the bike is upshifted, clutch is dropped and front wheel rises.

      Doesn't it look like the bike is grinning in the 2nd photo? So cute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I could afford one of these. I met a guy the other day with one and i would definitely replace my r6 if I had the chance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is hot in black!
      • 4 Years Ago
      love the bikes barring my wrists and backside...how hard is it to actually install a seat with adequate padding....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not hard but remember they're after the ullltimmate perfection :P And a thin rear seat provides great rear-end feedback on a track or when running your favorite twisties.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so true....perhaps a custom seat for where most of them will see their usage...the street. AND NOTHING , NOTHING sounds like the Desmo....
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, awesome bike.

      Second of all though... "before reaching its crescendo at 10,500 rpm"? So is 10,500 rpm the point at which the excitement begins to swell? Autoblog writers, please please please stop employing colorful figures of speech when you don't know what the heck you're talking about. It just makes for terrible, lazy prose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting. I'm not saying that your wrong, per se, but one of my majors in college was Music Theory/History, so I'd like to think I've a pretty firm grasp on Western music terminology. You got a source for that definition? I'd love to check it out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you to a degree, but "crescendo" isn't defined as just the build up, it's also used to refer to the peak of the build up. In that regard it's correct.
      • 4 Years Ago
      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!!!!
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