Ducati India has introduced a new model in its line-up, the Ducati SuperSport, with prices starting at Rs 12.08 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ducati SuperSport bike has been launched in two variants - a standard variant and a high-spec S variant. The difference is in the suspension systems, and the S variant gets a standard bi-directional quickshifter. The standard Ducati SuperSport is priced at Rs 12.08 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Ducati SuperSport S is priced at Rs 13.39 lakh (ex-showroom). Ducati has already started accepting bookings for the new bike and deliveries will begin in October.
The Ducati SuperSport is powered by an engine sourced from the 937 cc Testastretta 11-degree L-twin from the Hypermotard 939 and the Multistrada 950. The L-twin has four valves per cylinder, and makes 110 bhp at 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 93 Nm at 6,500 rpm. But the engine gets a revised crankcase and cylinder heads. It's re-tuned for a wider spread of power and torque for in-city use. The Ducati SuperSport S gets a standard bi-directional quickshifter, but the SuperSport can also be equipped with it as an accessory. The ride-by-wire system uses three different throttle maps to regulate power delivery, with power restricted to 75 bhp for city use or low-traction conditions and two other modes with the full 110 bhp on tap, but with different throttle responses.
The Ducati SuperSport may be positioned lower than the Panigale series, so it will be positioned below the Ducati 959 Panigale, but by no means does it look inexpensive or a segment lower. It looks quite similar to the Panigale, but has a more upright riding position, lower footpegs and a taller, adjustable windscreen. Then there's the chassis; the Ducati SuperSport borrows the steel trellis frame chassis of the Monster, unlike the Panigale which comes with a monocoque chassis