We don’t often talk about bikes on Car Throttle, but then Ducati doesn’t often bring out a whole new series of bikes. That’s exactly what the Italian firm has done at the Intermot bike show in Cologne, with this: the SuperSport.
It’s a name Ducati has used before, but this time around, it’s adorning something a little different. It’s a bike that looks like a superbike or supersports machine, yet is actually a much more laid-back affair.
Purists might turn their noses up at such a thing, but it makes sense: there are a great deal of buyers out there that want something that looks mean and sporty, but don’t want the associated mad power outputs and spine-ruining riding position.
The SuperSport offers a much more sensible but still potent 111bhp from its ‘Testastretta’ 937cc V-twin, a far more relaxed riding position and a full complement of safety-geared electronics like ABS and traction control.
If you want to make things a little more hardcore you can spec Öhlins suspension, a quickshifter and a rear seat cover, all of which come as standard on the S version.
Want one? You’re looking at £10,995 for the SuperSport, and £12,295 for the SuperSport S. Both will go on sale March next year.