Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S derive power from the same 937 cc Testastretta L-twin producing 110 bhp and 93 Nm peak torque
Following the recent introduction of the Monster 797, the Multistrada 950, Scrambler Desert Sled and Scrambler Cafe Racer, Ducati has today launched the SuperSport duo in the domestic market. They are less intimidating than the Panigale range and focus on everyday riding instead of being out-and-out sportsbike destined for track days. It is obvious that Ducati is trying to appeal for a wider band of buyers and thus the SuperSport series comes as the definitive option.
Bookings of the SuperSport and SuperSport S have commenced already at all the authorised Ducati outlets across the country and deliveries beginning from October. The Ducati SuperSport gets the same engine as the Hypermotard 939 and the Multistrada 950 but with revised cylinder heads, external coils and crankcase. The 937 cc Testastretta 11 degree L-twin 4V per cylinder unit is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 110 hp at 9,000 rpm and 93 Nm peak torque at 6,500 rpm. About 80 percent of torque is said to be available right at 3,000 rpm itself.
With broader power brand, it gets bi-directional quickshifter, ride-by-wire system with three different throttle maps. The differences between SuperSport and SuperSport S are the rich equipment the latter offers. It gets Ohlins suspension at front and rear and up/down Ducati Quick Shifter while the standard SuperSport features adjustable Marzocchi front forks and adjustable Sachs rear shock.
The whole host of electronics suite includes three-step ABS, traction control, LCD instrumentation, under seat USB, etc. The Ducati SuperSport will compete against Suzuki GSX-S1000F and the Kawasaki Ninja 1000. Slotted below the 959 Panigale series, they are constructed on steel trellis frame chassis with single-sided swingarm as opposed to Panigale’s monocoque chassis.
With front set footpegs and tall clip-ons, the SuperSport has seat height of 810 mm while the accessory seat will let you increase it by 25 mm or drop it by 20 mm. The windscreen can be adjusted by up to 50 mm while the fuel tank can hold 16 litres of petrol with claimed range of 400 km. It also has Sport, Touring and Urban riding modes with several accessory packages for improved safety and riding fun.
The kerb weight is noted at 210 kilograms and the SuperSport has wheelbase of 1,478 mm. Both the variants ride on 180/55 section R17 rear tyre and boasts all-digital LCD dashboard with Ducati Multimedia System. The SuperSport is priced at Rs. 12.08 lakh while the SuperSport S version carries a price tag of Rs. 13.39 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom). The signature Ducati Red colour is available in base and S model while shelling out additional Rs. 21,000 rupees will get you Star White Silk paint scheme in the SuperSport S.