Ducati has announced colour and details changes at the Cologne show, ahead of anticipated new model launches at Milan next month.
Twentieth anniversary edition Monsters and a new, larger capacity, aluminium fuel tank for the 848 EVO Corse SE lead the changes.
20th Anniversary Monsters
To celebrate its near hegemony on the ‘café-cool’ naked middleweight market, there will be 20th Anniversary versions of the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 EVO.
All three get retro style mirrors and seat covers, the ‘Ducati 1986’ logo on the tank and seat cover, celebratory colour schemes with bronze frame paint, and revised colour finishes for frames, brake calipers, master-cylinders and other key chassis components. While all three models are available in red, the 696 is also offered in dark stealth or stone white and the 796 in arctic white silk or diamond black silk. The red 1100 EVO gets a white stripe, and the diamond black scheme comes with a grey stripe.
The Ducati Monster 1100 EVO ‘Diesel’, which we first showed you back in March this year, also stays in the range for 2013. The collaboration between the Ducati Design Centre and Diesel’s founder, Renzo Rosso, was based around the idea of ‘urban military chic’.
The ‘Diesel’ boasts a bespoke ribbed seat, exhaust heat shields, seat cover, instrument cover and lashings of mate green paint for the tank and bodywork, while the traditionally shiny elements have all been painted black.
After its dramatic debut earlier this year, the 1199 Panigale remains fundamentally unchanged for 2013 – recalls aside. ‘Arctic white’ joins the colour chart for the base model and the S, alongside the obligatory ‘Ducati red’.
For the EVO, Ducati Red remains in the range, coupled with a red frame and black wheels, while the ‘Dark Stealth’ sports a black frame and black wheels, and the ‘Arctic White’ option gets a red frame and red wheels.
The top of the range EVO Corse Special Edition boasts a factory-looking aluminium fuel tank – like the 1198R Corse SE before it – and proves that just two shades of grey are enough with its new matte ‘Ducati Corse Test Team’ paintjob.
The tank is beautifully formed in 2mm thick aluminium, brush finished and matte clear-coated with a matte black and grey racing stripes.
It also reduces the model’s overall dry weight by 1kg, to 167kg – while increasing the Corse SE’s fuel capacity by 2.5 litres, giving it a far more useful 18 litres in total.
The Diavel Carbon will only be available in carbon red, while the standard Diavel will be available in matte black with black-finished componentry, and two Monster-aping ‘street sport’ schemes in Blue and Red, each with white centre stripes and white wheels.