A NEW Ducati Supersport – the Supersport S, has been spotted at World Ducati Week.
The bike was surreptitiously photographed by someone attending a private viewing during this year's three-day celebration of all things Ducati, which took place at the Misano circuit in Italy over the weekend.
The pictures, which have made their way on to several forums and websites, show that like the original SuperSport, the new Supersport uses a trellis frame.
Although it clearly shares some of the Panigale’s styling cues, this bike isn’t part of the sports focused Panigale family. Unlike the Panigale, the Supersport’s clip-on bars are set quite high, suggesting it’s not about outright sports performance.
The S model pictured has Ohlins forks with Brembo brakes, possibly an adjustable screen, and what looks like quite a large seat, which similarly indicates that, like the original SS, it’s going to be a bike that aims to strike a balance between performance and comfort.
Reports says that the bike is powered by the engine from the Hypermotard 939 – a 937cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve L-Twin that makes 113hp at 9,000rpm and 72.2lb/ft torque at 7,500rpm.
There’s no official word from Ducati yet but it’s reasonable to expect that an official unveiling will come at this year’s Eicma show in November (or possibly at Intermot in October) after inevitable spy shots and information gets drip fed from Bologna in the months leading up to the shows.
The Supersport S is one of two new models shown at this year's World Ducati Week - the other is a limited edition 1299 Panigale S - the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario.