DUCATI 848 EVO (2010-2012) Review

Published: 14 September 2010

"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"

Ducati 848 EVO

"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"

  • At a glance
  • 849cc  -  126 bhp
  • 27 mpg  -  93 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 848 EVO (2010-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

848 Evo

01 October 2012 by MCMULC

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... Read more have bought one years ago, brilliant.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Ducati 848 evo

17 September 2010 by csrltd

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £10,995
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 126 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Top speed 166 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 27 mpg
Tank range 93 miles
Specification
Engine size 849cc
Engine type 8-valve, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 168kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2010

Other versions

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

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