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Ducati SuperSport Is 'Superleggera' in Weight and Perhaps the Budget Panigale?
Ducati 939 SuperSport S. (Photo: Ducati)
Ducati is known for creating some of the most exotic motorcycles in the world. Be it power cruisers like the XDiavel, Adventure Sport like the Multistrada 1200 Enduro or an all-out performance machine like the 1299 Panigale. But if you were looking to have the 'Ducati' experience at a budget then you had the 959 Panigale, but now, the Italian manufacturer has come out with something that might very well go on to become the bestseller for the company in the coming time – the 939 SuperSport and SuperSport S.
Unveiled at the ongoing 2016 Intermot held in Cologne, Germany, the bike is supposed to be an easier-to-ride machine when compared to its performance-oriented siblings.
The first thing that will catch your attention is the newly-designed front fairing, sculpted 16-litre fuel tank, exposed Trellis frame and the headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Interestingly, the wind deflector has a bit of touring attitude to it as the plexiglass screen has an adjustable height of up to 50 mm and Ducati claims that the bike has a much more relaxed seating posture as compared its rivals. On top of that, the bike has three riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban, which act on the Ride-by-Wire, the Ducati Quick Shift up/down and the ABS and DTC parameters to modify the behaviour of the bike and adapt it to individual riding style.
The SuperSport S gets Ducati Quickshift Up/Down as standard along with 48 mm Ohlin suspension at the front and passenger seat cover. The bike weighs a mere 210 kilos, making it 'Superleggera', which is Italian for super light.
Powering the SuperSport is the Ducati Testastretta 11° 937 cc engine that delivers 113 horsepower at 9000 RPM 96.7 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM, of which 80% is already available at 3000 RPM.
The display provides all information regarding the engine, consumption and advanced settings such as the ABS and DTC. It also allows you to select and personalise the three Riding Modes and manage music and notifications on your smartphone with the Ducati Multimedia System, available as an optional.
What remains to be seen is when the bike makes its way into the Indian market as it is expected to be priced below the 959 Panigale. And having a good price tag in a price sensitive market like India could make it a success for the Italian manufacturer in terms of sales.