| Ducati 848
Accessories and Specifications Table (Below)
Ducati Announces the 848 Superbike!
The Ducati Superbike family for 2008 features two
important changes: the introduction of the light and
nimble 848 and for all those who demand the maximum
performance, the 1098 R that will take part in
the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
The priority in every step of the new Ducati Superbike
development has been performance first. Every system,
every detail and every component has been studied, pared
down to its essence and performance increased to the
Ducati says that "If it didn’t make the Superbike lighter, faster
or deliver quicker lap times, it wasn’t considered". The
848 and 1098 are the lightest, fastest stopping,
quickest Ducati Superbikes in history. For the
first time Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike technology
have been combined to create premier sport bikes. The
results are stunning.
The look and stance of the 848 and 1098 were designed by
the combination of race track technology, track-derived
components and Ducati heritage. Their striking
aerodynamic shape naturally embraces a riding position,
configured by our racers and test riders for optimum
speed and agility.
The new Ducati Superbikes immediately strike you with
their purposeful, no-nonsense attitude. Performance is
first and foremost in every detail.
Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and
compact front-end meld with twin under-seat silencers
and single-sided swingarm to express aerodynamics and
Add the new Testastretta Evoluzione engine at
the heart of the machines and you get all-out
performance Ducati Superbikes that seem to be moving
fast, even when at rest.
A number of "firsts" for Ducati and production sport
bike design have also been introduced. The 848 and 1098 are
the first to have a data acquisition system integrated
as standard equipment and the first to use an ingenious
construction method for their weight-saving single-sided
More "firsts" for a road-going Ducati include
the direct application of MotoGP technology, like the
power producing GP6-derived elliptical throttle bodies
and the use of the information-rich instrumentation
originally developed for the Desmosedici GP7.
Furthermore, the 1098 is the first production motorcycle
to have the amazing stopping power of Brembo Monobloc
The Ducati 848 is as agile and light as a Supersport yet as powerful as a
The new 848 enjoys all the performance advancements of
the entire Superbike family, while adding its own
innovations to redefine the middleweight sport bike
The words "agile" and "refined" aptly describe the 848. At 168 kg (369 lbs) the 848 is an amazing 20 kg (44 lbs)
lighter than its predecessor, and a significant 5 kg (11
lbs) lighter than its larger capacity brother, the 1098.
The highly advanced 848 engine uses an improved method
of engine case production in which 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
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
With the first twist of the wrist, the powerful rush of
the Testastretta Evoluzione engine confirms that the
rules have changed. The 848’s 134 hp is not only 30%
more powerful than its predecessor, but it provides a
power-to-weight ratio even better than the potent 999.
Ducati 848 Engine
The new 848 Testastretta Evoluzione engine becomes the
benchmark for the middleweight sportbike category,
benefiting from all the experience accumulated with the
larger engine on the 1098.
It successfully adopts the
same design guidelines and the same compact cylinder and
cylinder head layout, but introduces for the first time
ever an innovative solution for the crankcase, which has
been designed with a further weight reduction for this
advanced engine in mind. The overall layout of this
engine integrates a series of avant-guard solutions,
confirming the close links with the experience of
Ducati’s racing department.
The 849 cc engine has bore and stroke values of 94 mm
and 61.2 mm respectively, which produce a ratio that is
only slightly inferior to the 1098 (1.54 compared with
1.61), while maintaining the highly "over-square" layout
typical of racing engines.
Power output is an impressive 134 hp (98.5 kW) at 10,000
rpm and maximum torque is 9.8 kgm (96 Nm) at 8250 rpm. The power and torque values confirm the high performance
level of this engine, especially when compared to its
predecessor, the Testastretta-engined 749.
The cylinder head has been modified in line with the
characteristic bore and stroke of the engine in order to
optimize the fluid dynamics of the intake (straight and
plunging) and exhaust ducts and combustion chamber. The
compression ratio is 12:1.
The valve angle is the same as the 1098 engine and
diameter is 39.5 mm for the inlet valve and 32 mm for
the exhaust. The technology used sees the application of
a bi-metallic alloy that combines increased lightness
with resistance and reliability required for these
The Desmodromic control system
has also been designed with the weight and the inertia
of the new components in mind, allowing extremely
efficient valve lift during intake and exhaust phases. The excellent results achieved are confirmed by the engine’s power figures, producing outstanding
performance thanks also to the use of MotoGP-derived
elliptical throttle bodies, which have been fitted to
the 1098 engine.
The design of a dedicated elliptical throttle body for
the 848 demonstrates the attention that Borgo Panigale
engineers have devoted to the development of the
Superbike range. The cross-section is reduced from the
60 sq. mm of the 1098 to 56 sq. mm so as to optimize
fluid dynamics at every engine speed.
Just like on the 1098, the new cylinder heads benefit
from fewer components and include magnesium covers.
For the first time ever, this Testastretta Evoluzione
engine sees the introduction of a special technology for
the construction of the engine crankcase:
This is a forced vacuum die casting method that
allows jet characteristics to be improved thanks to the
absence of porosity, gas inclusion and oxidation. This
allows extremely high measurement precision and greater
ductility for aluminum alloy.
Designers have been able
to harness the benefits of this innovative process by
redefining the shape and the wall thickness of the new
crankcase by means of FEA (Finite Element Analysis)
checks, which allowed the required reliability standards
to be achieved, while simultaneously obtaining a
significant weight saving of 3.5 kg.
The 848 engine is fitted with a silent modular wet
clutch, characterized by an exceptional resistance to
wear that will lead to superior duration. This solution
makes a useful contribution to weight saving, estimated
to be around 1.6 kg, which is also due to the use of a
different type of clutch cover.
The high power figures achieved by this engine also come
from the use of the same type of oil cooler and coolant
radiator as the 1098’s engine, with an increased surface
area assisted by lightweight, high flow electric fan
Finally, the 848’s exhaust system follows the same
layout and uses the same innovative technology as the
1098. The system terminates with Ducati’s trademark twin
under-seat silencers, delivering the unmistakable
signature sound of the big bore 90° L-Twin.
This power unit, just like all the other Ducati engines,
has been designed to comply with Euro 3 exhaust emission
Developed in cooperation with Ducati Corse, the 848
Trellis frame has a simplified tube layout featuring
main section tubes increased in diameter from 28 mm to
34 mm, while being reduced in thickness from 2 mm to 1.5
mm. The result is a 14% increase in rigidity and a
weight saving of 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs).
The 848, as all the Superbike family, is equipped with a
unique single-sided swingarm. The engineers were
encouraged to re-think the construction technique of
this element. The solution was to produce the main
operational components using individual aluminum
castings so as to ensure strength around the pivot
points, wheel hub and suspension links, with fabricated
aluminum sections used to complete the construction
into a single, beautifully engineered component.
Highlighting the way in which individual components are
influenced by each other, the new lightweight Trellis
frame and single-sided swingarm have enabled a more
compact and further weight-saving rear suspension
linkage system to be used featuring separate lower
pick-up points for the push-rod and suspension unit.
This "tandem" design effectively reduces stress around
the linkage pick-up area of the Trellis frame. Working
together with this highly efficient linkage is a fully
adjustable Showa single shock for the 848, the same as
At the front the new 848 is equipped with fully
adjustable 43mm Showa forks with radial mounts. This
type of front suspension is professionally track-tuned
and offers superior road holding, delivers superior
feedback, and helps every rider to be more confident and
Brembo Monobloc calipers:
The 848 brake system is characterized by M4 calipers
using four 32 mm pistons and two radial mounted pads. Matched to the calipers are two 320mm discs and the
combination of these elements achieves spectacular
Super lightweight wheels:
The new 848 also benefits from lightweight Marchesini
Y-shaped spoke wheels. The weight saving of 250 grams
achieved on the front wheel substantially reduces the
moment of inertia and enhances the 848’s change of
direction and braking performance. The rear wheel is
just as impressive with a complete redesign for its
single-sided swingarm application that has resulted in a
reduction of over 1 kg compared with traditional Ducati
single-sided swingarm fitments. Finally a 5.50” wheel
fitted with a 180/55 tire guarantees the maximum agility
at the rear.
Ducati 848 Accessories
Certified titanium silencer kit: Kit
consisting of titanium silencers with catalyzer
compliant to current EU regulations. This system also
complies with current regulations on noise and exhaust
emission levels. This kit also includes the
suitably calibrated ECU and hi-efficiency air filter to
enhance engine performance.
Adjustable rear suspension linkage:
Adjustable linkage made in aluminum allowing variation
in rear end height, thus for ride height to be changed
according to personal riding style.
Cross-mounted adjustable steering damper:
Cross-mounted adjustable steering damper complete with
billet aluminum anodized brackets.
Carbon under tank side panels: Carbon under
tank side panels are lightweight and give the bike a
Carbon front mudguard: Carbon front
mudguard designed in collaboration with Ducati Corse for
improved aerodynamic efficiency at the front end.
The carbon mudguard is extremely light, weighing as
little as 0.17 kg.
Carbon rear mudguard: Carbon rear mudguard
designed in cooperation with Ducati Corse; protector but
even design element that perfectly integrates with the
aluminum single-sided swinging arm lines thanks to its
Silicone rubber and aluminum tubes kit: Set
of silicone rubber and aluminum tubes for cooling
Öhlins upside-down front fork kit: Öhlins
upside-down front fork kit with TIN coating for improved
sliding action and increased wear resistance.
Adjustable compression and rebound damping enable
customized set-up to suit your riding style.
Large Plexiglas windshield: Large Plexiglas
windshield, about 30 mm taller for improved wind
protection especially at high speeds
LED rear-view mirrors: Pair of LED
rear-view mirrors to be fitted to fairing, coated with
'soft-touch' material. Smaller and streamlined than
standard mirrors, they offer a good reflecting surface
while making the front end of the new Superbike family
even more streamlined.
Ducati 848 Superbike Specifications
L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid
| Bore x Stroke
134hp - 98.5kw @ 10000rpm
70.8lb-ft 96Nm @ 8250rpm
fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.
Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic
converter and lambda probe. Twin stainless steel mufflers
1a 37/15, 2a 17/30,
3a 28/20, 4a 26/22, 5a 24/23, 6a 23/24 / 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd
28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
1430mm / 56.3 in
Showa 43mmfully adjustable
Front wheel travel
127mm / 5in
5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Progressive linkage with fully adjustable
Showa monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel
120mm / 4.7in
5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo
calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Fuel tank capacity
15.5L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US
168kg / 370lbs
830mm / 32.6in
1100mm / 43.3in
2100mm / 82.6in
Digital MotoGP derived unit
displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance
warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil
temperature, fuel reserve, trip fuel, neutral, turn signals, average
speed, average fuel consumption, remaining fuel meter, immobilizer.
Ready for DDA system.
2 years unlimited mileage
** The weight excludes battery,
lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
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