Ducati Streetfighter EVO SP Internet Leak Faked

09/05/2011 @ 6:26 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

With an alleged screen capture posted to the Ducati.ms web forum, a tidal wave of sloppy journalism took off as the news spread that Ducati had unknowingly slipped the debut of the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 1198 ahead of schedule. Though the larger-displacement SF is expected to break cover this month, some unscrupulous person put together a photoshoped screen capture of the Streetfigther S engine details list from Ducati.com, and swapped out the Streetfighter S name for “Ducati Streetfighter EVO SP” in the fading to black background image.

With some typos in the copy, and the use non-conforming use of Ducati’s “EVO” & “SP” nomenclature, the porported screen capture is a bit dubious to begin with, and should have tipped off enthusiasts that were quick to give it authenticity. Another red flag was the quoted 170hp figure, the exact same power output as the Superbike 1198. With the Streetfighter’s more restrictive air intake and smaller airbox, like the 1098cc version, comparable Superbike level power figures will not be achievable. Then of course there’s the whole issue regarding the fact that the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 1198 will use the Testastretta 11° motor, found currently on the Multistrada 1200 and Diavel, instead of the higher-maintenance 1198cc Superbike lump.

Interrupting the Labor Day holiday for our friends at Ducati North America, we thankfully recieved this message from Marketing Manager Stefano Sbettega regarding the screen capture: “The screen capture in that link is a fake, and not very well done as well. From the URL, the alignment of the words in the main title and the picture in the center of the page, it is easily recognizable as a photoshop of the existing Streetfighter S web-page.” Sbettega went on to say, “The real news today is the announcement of the new Diavel AMG Special Edition.”

Expect to see the proper release of the Ducati Streetfighter 1198 later this month, along with its smaller cousin the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848.

Source: Ducati.ms & Ducati North America

  • DarN

    Seems like the long weekend was too long for some people…

  • John Magnum

    i hope the same marketing “fart” was applied at Honda to the leaked shots of the 2012 Blade.

    Please be a V4 maniac……..

    sorry off topic.

  • Woody

    It’s hilarious to see you actually get the drop on HfL this time. They’ve posted the screencap as true.

  • Norbert

    I hope the management in Bologna has seen the fake page.
    And knows now, what the Ducati fans expect….

  • john

    hey jensen, time for your sources to drop some REAL pics!

  • GeddyT


    When they’re not too busy proving how hipster they are, HFL has never had a problem posting things that are untrue, sometimes to the point where they would just make shit up themselves (a 15bhp 125cc 4-stroke single that should “probably be capable of 105mph” being a fine example, as is the time they claimed an inline triple would be vibration free because it was going to have a counter-rotating crankshaft…). I could stomach it, especially in light of the occasional awesome story like the Labrador ride, but not once they started charging for it. There are far too many sites, with FAR fewer blatant inaccuracies, and that are free to read to bother paying for HFL.