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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Ducati’s new 848 Evo is a masterpiece. Replacing the current 848, which has been with us since 2008, the 848 Evo has 1198R Brembo Monobloc brake calipers, a non-adjustable steering damper and tweaks to the engine to make it rev harder and faster. These subtle tweaks are enough to put the Ducati into a different league. It’s now every bit as fast and exciting as a superbike, but a thousand times easier to ride. It’s a class act.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Ducati’s 849.4cc V-twin Testastretta engine has new cylinder heads, revised ports, hot cams, new pistons (increasing the compression ratio from 12.1 to 13.2:1) and new elliptical throttle bodies, up from 56mm to 60mm. Power is increased from a measured 122bhp to 126bhp over the old 848, which might not sound much but it’s given the 848 Evo a far more aggressive edge. The 848 Evo loves to be revved and when you do, it rewards you with savage acceleration. Being a big V-twin, you can still ride the torque, be lazy with the gears and cover ground almost as fast.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

This is an unashamed race bike with lights. It’s cramped, has a hard seat, an extreme riding position, low screen, rubbish tank range and you can’t see out of the mirrors, but you forgive all this for the way it handles. Stick a set of racing tyres on it and it’s the ultimate trackday tool and able to carry massive corner speed. It’s slightly slow steering out of the crate, but the fully adjustable suspension can be tweaked to dial this out. On the road it’s very stable and can get from A to B as fast as the best sportsbikes in the world.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The 848 Evo does without some of the flashy electronics of Ducati’s range-topping machines (although you can have Ducati datalooging as an optional extra), but it comes with new Brembos monobloc calipers, which are phenomenal, fully adjustable Showa suspension and a MotoGP replica mutli-function dash. Compare and buy parts for the Ducati 848 in the MCN Shop.

Ducati 848 Evo (2010-2012)

Detail Value
New price £10,995
Dealer used prices
£7,310 (2010) - £9,180 (2012)
Private used prices
£6,610 (2010) - £8,260 (2012)
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Engine size 849 cc
Power 126 bhp
Top speed 166 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The bad old days of dodgy electrics and iffy reliability has gone, Ducatis are now as dependable as the best Japanese bikes. Service intervals are every 7500-miles and build quality is superb.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Gone of the days of Ducatis being more expensive than its Japanese rivals. Costing just over ten grand, the 848 Evo is only £1000 more than an R6 and on par with bikes like the GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade. We know what we’d rather have… Find a Ducati 848 for sale.


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2010

Other Versions

‘Stealth black’ version £9995. Same spec, basic colour scheme.


Top speed 166 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 126 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Weight 168 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 27 mpg
Tank range 93 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 849 cc
Engine specification 8-valve, V-twin
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • 848 Evo


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    After a fantastic GSXR750k7 this bike is far better than expected. Certainly does not feel anywhere near as quick but simply gets on with it and makes speed easily and overall, not too much in it but the Ducati is far more of an experience. Should have bought one years ago, brilliant.

    01 October 2012

  • Ducati 848 evo


    Average rating rating is 5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    Fantastic ride,handling and sounds coming from the back is absolute music to my ears.

    17 September 2010


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tank range

the important point is whether this 93 miles is filled on the side stant of with the rider holding the bike upright.

I've got a zxr400, with an advertised tank range of 140 miles, but only if the bike is filled upright, and you use all the reserve. not having a centre stand, this isn't possible if you need to get off the bike to pay etc, or plan on getting off within the next 20 miles, else fuel piddles out of the filler cap and out of the tank breather.

As a result, filling from side stand i get about 100 miles to reserve if i'm gentle, 90 if i'm thrashing it hard.

Generally its fine, but if you've got a long commute (Mr Childs...) then filling up twice a day is not fun. Also, on one journey I was filling up once per hour... ahem.

But for track use, and thrashing, 90 mile fill ups are ok.

23 September 2010 11:49



Ducati Evo

The bike is spot on, it's a superbike in it's own right, I think Ducati need to sleeve it down to 750cc and put it forward in SS600, this will mean they have a presence in SBK.

19 September 2010 16:59



Ducati 848 evo

I have only had mine a couple of weeks and managed up to 220 miles so far.However that figure of 93 miles is sounding about write to me but it is great to ride if you can put up with the more frequent fuel stops.

17 September 2010 12:25



Tank range

I was seriously considering one of these as my next bike, until I saw the tank range quoted as 93 miles in the review. Guessing it's not a typo, so was wondering if any owners could say whether this is what I could realistically expect from a tank? cheers

16 September 2010 18:57



ducati 848 evo

I picked up my first ever ducati two weeks ago in glasgow, which is the 848 evo in red. after years of riding hondas and kawasakis i decided to trade in my kawasaki zzr 1400. Best thing i,ve ever done!! although iam still working up to the 650 first service, so have to keep within the 7000 revs its fantastic.Cant wait to be able to go above the 7000 revs and see what she can really do. If your thinking of getting one  i could not suggest a better bike! Oh and sounds amazing and thats not with the termi cans ive ordered for it.....

16 September 2010 12:40

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