• Oct 6, 2010
2011 Ducati 1198 SP – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ducati's range-topping sportbike gets a pretty substantial upgrade for the 2011 model year, gaining a bunch of new standard equipment and seeing the introduction of an SP model as a replacement for the discontinued 1198 R. Perhaps the best news of all, though, is that pricing has pretty much held the line, even with the new features.

At the low end, not that any Ducati 1198 is exactly a stripper, is the standard 1198 for $16,495. For 2011, Ducati graces its superbike with Traction Control, a Ducati Data Analysis computer and a new quick-shifter. Stepping up to the next rung will get you the $21,995 1198 SP, which boasts the same updates as the standard model plus a sexy aluminum tank that weighs less and holds a gallon more fuel than the old steel unit, seven-spoke Marchesini wheels, slipper clutch and finally an Ohlins front fork and TTX rear shock.

Though the SP seems expensive, it's actually a pretty good deal considering it comes in at just a $100 premium over last year's S model. Still, if you want to save some coin, we doubt you'll be disappointed by the new 2011 848 EVO and its 140-horsepower engine for $13,995. See more details on the 848 EVO here, and be sure to check out our high-res image galleries below.




[Source: Ducati]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      BELLISSIMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only feature a Ducati Superbike needs is that engine. Granted, i'll take all the other stuff, but that engine is 'effing amazing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The aluminum tank on the SP looks almost identical to the steel tank (at least from the profile view) and holds a gallon more? Does not compute, yet I don't doubt that Ducati could pull it off.

      Definitely upgrading my R6 to a Duc in the semi-distant future. Hopefully by then they'll make an 1198 SP Evo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI, the old tank wasn't steel, it was plastic
        • 4 Years Ago
        I forgot to mention, the tank capacity remains unchanged at 15.5l or 4.1 gallons.
      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      ill take a 848 evo, still plenty fast for me, still jsut as sexy, but hell ill guess ill upgrade to a 1198 if need be!

      i kinda wish ducati would reincarnate something similar to the supersport, or like a faired version of the monster, something a little more affordable but looks more sportbike
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure the 1198SP replaces the 1198S in the lineup while the 1198R stays.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both the 2010 S and R models are replaced by the 2011 SP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the two tone EV0 848
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful, especially that black 848. If their commercial service record improves with the new low-end bike improvements, they might have a winner on their hands in the consumer segment for once.