Ducati has announced the first of its 2011 motorcycles, the new version of the 848, now christened the 848 EVO. The EVO designation denotes that its a refinement of an existing model, rather than anything really new. But that isn’t meant to sound dismissive, as the Italian manufacturer has created some added value.
First, performance increases over last year, with 140HP and 72.3 ft-lbs of torque, compared to last year’s 134HP and 70.8 ft-lbs. Second, chassis upgrades are included, with a standard steering damper and the brakes being upgraded to Brembo monobloc racing calipers.
Hard to believe that, just a few years ago, an Inline-4 literbike claimed 140HP as a respectable output. Now, Ducati’s putting that out in a mid-sized twin.