hp @ 10,000
kg / 370 lbs
The 2008 Ducati 848 is the replacement middleweight sports bike
for Ducati, taking over from the Ducati
749. The 848 is 20 kgs (44 lbs) lighter than its predecessor,
while its engine develops around 35 horsepower more.
The 848 cc, L-twin engine uses an improved method of production
in which the engine cases are vacuum die-cast formed. While
providing significant weight savings of more than 3 kg (6.5
lbs), this method also ensures consistent wall thickness and
increased strength. Further refinements include a sophisticated
wet clutch that offers 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less weight, a much higher
service life, improved clutch feel and quiet operation.
The styling of the Ducati 848 is based on that of the larger
displacement Ducati 1098, and
visually both bikes are a significant improvement over their
controversially styled predecessors.