Ducati’s 748 will get a power boost for 2003 thanks to a new version of the Testastretta engine already in use in its 998.
The new model is expected to make its first appearance at the Munich bike show in September and could gain as much as 10bhp to take power to around116bhp. That’s more than the original 916 and even the Senna.
As well as the capacity increase the main differences between the new motor and the old 996 engine are modifications to the cylinder head and bore which allows the use of bigger pistons and valves to increase power and revs.
Whether this will affect the capacity of the bike is uncertain. To fall with in supersport regulation the motor will have to have a capacity of up to750cc, so we could see a new Ducati 749 to follow the lead of the 998 while giving a new name to distinguish the bike.
It is thought that the first bike to be released with the new motor will be an R version, retailing at around £12,000, before being introduced through the range in time with an S version and a Biposto.
For more on this see the March 6 issue of MCN, on sale now.