Ducati 848 EVO (2010 - present) review

Steals the accolade of 'Thinking Man's Sportsbike' from the GSX-R750
Details
Manufacturer:
Ducati
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 10695
Overall
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Even though it can be docile, it's also a potent package.
Revised, rev happy engine; monobloc brakes from big brother 1098R
Maybe too track focused for the road

In 1994, when Ducati launched the 748 with the exact silhouette of the 916 it truly was a baby superbike.

In 2003 the 749 carried on fighting the Supersport fight but then in 2008 Ducati launched the 848 and not the 750 or 751 you might have reasonably expected. An additional 100cc might not sound like a big deal, but the 848 was ruled out of competing in the Supersport class and since then it's always been the odd one stood in the corner of the 600 supersport party.

Strange how, at 849cc - just 67cc off the original 916 - it's still managed to keep its baby superbike image and yet it's putting out more power than the original 916 did. I dynoed the 848 EVO at PDQ and it made 124bhp at the rear wheel, in comparison to a good 916 that made around 115bhp. 10 years ago you probably wouldn't have thought about stepping off a Hornet 600 and onto a 916 but the 848 seems like a logical step, what with its 'baby superbike image' firmly intact.

Now, for 2011, Ducati have eked out more horsepower from the 848 and called it the 848 EVO.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-ducati-848-evo-review/17845.html#ixzz2CrFp12QW

In 1994, when Ducati launched the 748 with the exact silhouette of the 916 it truly was a baby superbike.

In 2003 the 749 carried on fighting the Supersport fight but then in 2008 Ducati launched the 848 and not the 750 or 751 you might have reasonably expected. An additional 100cc might not sound like a big deal, but the 848 was ruled out of competing in the Supersport class and since then it's always been the odd one stood in the corner of the 600 supersport party.

Strange how, at 849cc - just 67cc off the original 916 - it's still managed to keep its baby superbike image and yet it's putting out more power than the original 916 did. I dynoed the 848 EVO at PDQ and it made 124bhp at the rear wheel, in comparison to a good 916 that made around 115bhp. 10 years ago you probably wouldn't have thought about stepping off a Hornet 600 and onto a 916 but the 848 seems like a logical step, what with its 'baby superbike image' firmly intact.

Now, for 2011, Ducati have eked out more horsepower from the 848 and called it the 848 EVO.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-ducati-848-evo-review/17845.html#ixzz2CrFp12QW

Revised, rev happy engine; monobloc brakes from big brother 1098R
Maybe too track focused for the road