UPDATE 2: Ducati has just informed us that the Monster 796 is being considered an early 2011 model year motorcycle, we’ve update our post to reflect this.
UPDATE: Pricing for the 2011 Ducati Monster 796 will be $9,995 in the USA.
The rumor floodgates were wide-open this weekend about a possible late model entry by Ducati that would see the Italian company add a Monster 796 to its 2010 model lineup. We can now confirm that the 2011 Ducati Monster 796 has been added to the Monster product line, and will fit in-between the 696cc and 1100cc versions of the Monster.
The impetus for this late addition is reportedly because of poor sales in the 1100cc range of Monsters, which has prompted Ducati to further segment the line-up with a middle offering. The Monster is actually Ducati’s best selling line of motorcycle, and the brand is keen to maximize its return on the newly updated design, and is seemingly pinning its hopes on this late entry. Video, photos, and more of the 2011 Ducati Monster 796 below.
The 2011 Ducati Monster 796 features the same 87hp, 803cc, two-valve, air-cooled motor that’s found in the 2010 Hypermotard 796. The Monster 796 tips the scales at a paltry 368lbs, and will feature optional ABS brakes. Like the Monster 1100, the Monster 796 will feature a single-sided swingarm and seat height that’s taller than the double-sided Monster 696.
Expected to be available from late April, the Ducati Monster 796 is available in the traditional Ducati Red, Arctic White, or Diamond Black Silk. All the colors of the bike will feature a red trellis frame and black wheels. European pricing is set at €8990/$9,995/£6,995. More as we get it.