Milan Show: New Ducati 848 breaks cover

Better power-to-weight ratio than 999

By Tim Skilton on Tue, 6 Nov 2007 - 10:11

DUCATI'S LATEST entry-level sportsbike has been unveiled at the Milan Show. The new machine features a 134bhp engine nestling in a bike with a claimed dry weight of 168kg - that's a better power to weight ratio than the 999.

The 848's engine is over 3 kg (6.5 lbs) lighter than the outgoing 749 and comes complete with wet clutch, which should be an improvement on the monstrously heavy clutch on the old bike.

More to follow:

Ducati 848 Specs

Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450Wheelbase 1430 mm / 56.3 inRake 24,5┬░Front suspension Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down forkFront brake 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo calipers 4-piston, 2-padFront wheel 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17Front tire 120/70 ZR17Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarmRear brake 245mm disc, 2-piston caliperRear wheel 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17Rear tire 180/55 ZR17Fuel tank capacity 15.5L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)Weight * 168kg / 370lbsSeat height 830 mm / 32.6 inInstruments Digital MotoGP derived unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, fuel reserve, trip fuel, neutral, turn signals, average speed, average fuel consumptioWarranty 2 years unlimited mileageBody colours (frame/wheels) (Red - Red - Black) (Pearl White - Racing Grey - Black)Versions Dual seat* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.

ENGINEType L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooledDisplacement 849.4 ccBore x Stroke 94 x 61.2 mmCompression Ratio 12:1Power* 134hp - 98.5kw @ 10000rpmTorque* 70.8lb-ft 96Nm @ 8250rpmFuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.Exhaust Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. Twin stainless steel mufflers

TRANSMISSIONGearbox 6 speedFinal drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39Clutch Wet multiplate with hydraulic control

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