Ducati 848 replaced with 140bhp EVO

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Ducati has replaced its 848 middleweight with the new 848 EVO – at 140bhp the most powerful supersport bike it has ever produced. The power hike comes from an overhauled engine and it's contained by better brakes and a steering damper for the first time.

Other updates include new cylinder heads with revised port shapes, new cams with revised timing, a new piston crown shape, higher compression, larger throttle bodies and two lambda probes. The tweaks see the engine outperforming even BMW's S1000RR according to the engineer's standard measure of engine performance - bhp/litre/1000rpm. Weight remains the same at 168kg claimed.

A new paintscheme will be offered alongside the traditional colours of red with a red frame and black wheels. It's called 'dark stealth' and features a 'racing black' frame and black wheels.    

The 848 EVO's tuned Testastretta Evoluzione engine produces 140hp at 10,500rpm and 72.3lb-ft of torque at 9,750rpm – an extraordinary set of stats for the capacity.

Read the full story in this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 21 July 2010.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter