There was nothing wrong with Ducati’s entry level superbike, the 848. It made 134 horsepower from an 849.4 cc L-Twin motor, plenty of scoot for the bike’s dry weight of 370 pounds. Ducati had no problem selling them, so why fix something that isn’t broken?
Because, as we all know, more horsepower is always a good thing. For 2010, Ducati rolls out the 848 EVO, now featuring 140 horsepower in the same 370 pound package. Want more torque? That’s up over last year as well, increased from 70.8 foot pounds to 72.3 foot pounds.
Dimensionally, nothing has changed, so the 848 remains the track day terror we know and love. New for 2011 is a Dark Stealth matte black finish, which is really the first matte pint scheme to make my hormones sit up and beg. The 848 EVO looks positively sinister in matte black, like it’s going to seduce your girlfriend and drain your bank account. On second though, it WILL seduce your girlfriend and drain your bank account, so buy one at your own risk.