Ducati 848 Evo (2010-2012) Review

Highlights

  • Accessible but fierce superbike
  • Brembo monoblock calipers
  • Engine tweaked to rev harder and faster

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 126 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Low (370 lbs / 168 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £6,300 - £7,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Ducati 848 Evo is a masterpiece.

It 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 every bit as fast and exciting as a superbike, but a thousand times easier to ride. It’s a class act.

Watch: Ducati 848 Evo video review

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Watch: Ducati 848 Evo flat out on track

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Ducati 848 Evo is a wonderful motorcycle

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.  

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Costing just over ten grand new the 848 Evo was only slightly more than a Yamaha R6 at the time and on par with bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade. We know what we’d rather have… 

Watch: Ducati 848 Evo vs Triumph 675 vs Yamaha R6

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Ducati 848 Evo in white

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 27 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £6,300 - £7,500
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 126 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Top speed 166 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 93 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2010

Other versions

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

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 848 (2010 - 2012)

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 848 (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.

Review your DUCATI 848 (2010 - 2012)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
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 have bought one years ago, brilliant.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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