A space-age, carbon-fiber frame, swingarm and wheels carry Ducati’s most powerful twin-cylinder mill to date with 215 horsepower on tap to push a mere 368 pounds. Yeah, that’s right.
Built for speed, the windtunnel-tested shape was painstakingly designed to minimize losses to weight and drag. The structure depends upon a monocoque system that uses the carbon-fiber fairing as a stressed member to complete the assembly.
A single-side, carbon-fiber swingarm finishes out the structure, and weight savings over the 1199 model total 5.7-pounds between just the frame and swingarm.
The factory tapped Öhlins for the suspension components all around. A pair of 43 mm, usd, FL 936 forks float the front end on 4.7-inches of travel and full-spectrum adjustability. Lightened tubes and billet fork bottoms trims three pounds off the forks, while a titanium spring on the TTX36 rear shock drops an additional pound from the assembly with 5.1-inches of travel. The shock comes fully adjustable, and the factory added the option to switch between a progressive and a flat linkage for further control over the ride.
Ready for some alphabet soup? Hope you brought an appetite. The Bosch 6D Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) reads and monitors the bike’s position, and helps to manage the slide control (DSC), wheelie control (DWC EVO) and traction control (DTC EVO) along with input from the wheel-speed sensors. A ride-by-wire throttle control enables the Engine Brake Control (EBC) that balances the forces working on the rear tire during aggressive downshift braking; a role that is supported by the slipper clutch. The Power Launch (DPL) aids in takeoffs from a standing start with three settings for variable levels of intervention, and Duc’s Quick Shift (DQS) allows