After teasing us that a new model would debut at Ducati Island during MotoGP’s stop at Laguna Seca, Ducati has unwrapped ahead of schedule the 2011 Ducati 848 EVO Superbike. Built off the Ducati 848 Superbike, the 848 EVO features a re-worked motor that bumps the middleweight’s power output to 140HP, and also features a “Dark” model for the sinisterly understated riders out there.
To boost the 848′s power, Ducati has brought in new cylinder heads with revised port shapes, new cams with more aggressive timing, a new piston crown shape, a higher compression ratio, larger throttle bodies, and two lambda sensors. Along with the 140 pony powers under the hood of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, there also comes 72.3 lbs•ft of torque. The 848′s claimed weight remains at 370lbs with the Ducati 848 EVO Superbike.
While you can get your 848 EVO in your standard Ducati racing red, we think the “Dark” version will appeal to the more baleful riders out there. Blacked out from tip to tail, the Ducati 848 EVO ‘Dark’ Superbike comes with a price tag that’s $1,000 less than its painted sibling. For those keeping track, that’s EVO power at standard 848 prices.