|Year of specifications
998 cc V-Twin
chain (close ratio)
+ hp (at rear wheel)
kg / 408 lbs
motorcycle tuners and builders Vee Two created the Super Squalo.
A superbike which is loosely based around the Ducati 999 chassis and engine.
The Vee Two tweaked 998 cc v-twin engine has been mated to a
Sprintex supercharger allowing for 200 horsepower (at the crank)
and a strong flat torque curve.
Vee Two drafted in world renowned motorcycle designer John Keogh
to pen the Super Squalo's lines. The design of the Super Squalo
is influenced by the name. Squalo means shark in Italian,
and the visible connection can be seen in the bodywork. The
belly pan is painted to look like the underside of a Great White,
and the tail unit features shark gill style slits.
The hand built superbike, of which only 99 will be made, is
equipped with a few features unique to the bike. Firstly a windscreen
which adjusts its angle electronically according to road speed,
and a rear view camera with dash mounted display screen.
Vee Two have used only the finest components and materials for
the Super Squalo's construction. Ohlins suspension, Marchesini
wheels, ceramic coated dual exhaust, digital race dash and a
braced trellis type swing arm are just a few of the highlights.
The Vee Two Super Squalo is available in a choice of five metallic
colors including grey, black, orange, yellow and blue. Price
is $45,000 USD.
Review by: GW
Super Squalo - Supercharged: Nice concept and aesthetically
pleasing, although the harsh tank lines might have been improved
in the process.
I think the supercharger drive and layout is questionable, nobody
in their right mind would drive a compressor via a Ducati cambelt
(at full power the OA1050 saps 15KW of drive). The Desmo system
(no valve springs) means that the cam drive (jack shafts, belts
etc.) were not designed for high loads, i.e. the Squalo Supercharger
is trying to take its power from a weak subsystem in the engine
(Ducati made it perfectly strong enough for valves though).
Additionally Ducati have had problems on their race bikes with
belt stretch at temperatures, hence the NACA ducts on cam covers
on the R motors. With increased engine temperatures from supercharging
this does not bode well for cam belt life or durability (the
lower cylinder will be under more stress anyway [driving the
Finally the drive belt may be prone to whip since it is a long
distance between the drive pulley and the compressor (which
is sat high in the frame, another poor feature). All in all
I think it is a poorly engineered and high risk design, any
failure in the supercharger drive will be catastrophic for the
motor, i.e. one or both pistons meeting valves - end of story.