Ducati has just teased the first images of its most powerful naked bike ever, calling the machine the Ducati Monster 1200 R, which is set to officially debut on September 14th.
The Italian motorcycle company says that the Monster 1200 R has a “more powerful engine, a sportier chassis and an advanced design,” though fails to say in comparison to what – we presume the Monster 1200 S.
From these statements and the teaser photos provided, we can presume that the Ducati Monster 1200 R will have over 155hp – the figure being what the Ducati Streetfighter 1098 made when it was available.
The engine is likely to be Ducati’s Testastretta DVT, which makes 160hp on the new Multistrada 1200.
Judging from the photos, Asphalt & Rubber suspects that the Monster 1200 R will use a chassis that is very similar to current Monster 1200, with perhaps semi-active electronic suspension added to back-up that “sportier chassis” claim – though we’ll know for certain in a week’s time.
Presumably this is also the motorcycle that journalists have been invited to ride at the end of September, though Ducati is still expected to debut several new machines at the EICMA show in November.