A new middleweight sport bike

Ducati has announced a new middleweight sport bike: the 2011 848EVO.

The new model, which weighs only 369 pounds and is propelled by 140 horsepower and 72 lb./ft. of torque, is the most powerful motorcycle in its category, according to Ducati.

The 848EVO is based upon the company’s best-selling middleweight superbike, the 848.

The 848EVO will be available in North American dealerships at the end of August. MSRP will remain unchanged from the 2010 848 it replaces: $12,995 for the “Dark” edition, and $13,995 for Ducati Red.

Along with the “EVO” designation comes a significant amount of upgrades based on AMA Pro Racing feedback and consumer demand.

At the heart of the 848EVO is the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, significantly redesigned for a higher power output. All new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts combine for a forceful output of 140hp at 10,500 rpm and 72.3 lb./ft. of torque at 9,750 rpm.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the 848EVO’s chassis and braking systems have been upgraded. A cross-mounted steering damper has been added for greater control of the steering system, and the addition of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires will ensure maximum grip while delivering every last horsepower to the asphalt.

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