Ducati has released pricing and power specs for the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 here in the US, and the fighter’d version of the Superbike 848 is interestingly priced at $12,995 MSRP, the same price as the Superbike 848 EVO “Dark” or $1,000 less than the colored Superbike 848 EVOs, which retail for $13,995. Making 8hp less than the current Superbike 848 EVO, the Ducati Streetfighter 848’s motor makes 132hp and 69 lbs•ft of torque on Ducati’s dynos, just 23hp shy of the current Streetfighter 1098. Additionally, the Ducati Streetfighter 848 will tip the scales at 373 lbs dry (439 lbs wet), the same weight figure quoted for the current Ducati Streetfighter 1098.

As we stated when the Ducati Streetfighter 848 first broke cover, the positioning on the smaller Streetfighter was going to be critical and difficult for Ducati. The Bologna brand not only has to balance the the Streetfighter 848 against the Superbike 848 EVO, but also against the Monster 1100 EVO as well, which retails for $11,995. With the Streetfighter 848 getting lower-spec suspension and brakes compared to the Superbike 848 EVO (along with a presumably smaller airbox resulting in less power), Ducati seems to be hoping that the standard traction control on the SF848 will help distinguish the Streetfighter from its Superbike compatriot, which has no Ducati Traction Control (DTC) option.

The Monster 1100 EVO of course comes with DTC, but its less powerful air-cooled motor, and less aggressive styling presumably suit a different buyer as well. The same can also be said between the Streetfighter series and the Superbike series, as the two bikes tout different purposes of riding, and generally attract riders of differing two-wheeled aspirations. All of this of course makes a three-way titter-totter, which Ducati hopes it has evenly balanced between the three models.

Perhaps more interesting than Ducati pinning its hopes on leveling the seesaw wtih the Streetfighter 848’s traction control system, is what we have yet to see from the Italy. Gearing up for the EICMA show in Milan, A&R knows for certain that there are still some tricks left in Ducati’s bag, especially when it comes to the larger Ducati Streetfighter and the Ducati Superbike 848 EVO. With the way the Euro is performing in the currency markets, especially against the dollar, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some price adjustments as well from the Italian company as well. Stay tuned.

Source: Ducati

  • Toby

    Current Streetfighter 1098 is 23 hp more than the SF848, not 13.

  • Damo

    Kinda pricey for that level of performance. Not outrageous, but mildly overpriced.

  • Cpt.Slow

    Nice, not the yello… personally.

  • Jason

    Apparently this has a baby version of the Multistrada/Diavel engine, an 849cc Testastretta 11deg. People like the smooth power delivery of the big Testastretta 11deg, I’m curious to see what people think of the baby one. Hopefully it helps the bike make more sense at low speeds…

  • MikeD

    SO, does it comes with the 15k miles valve check intervals like the 11* 1200 ?

  • >> the Ducati Streetfighter 848 will tip the scales at 373 lbs dry (439 lbs wet)

    Really? There is a 66 pound difference between the wet weight and the dry weight? That sort of gives a whole new meaning to “leaded fuel.”

    They must have gotten that weight with all fluid removed from the cooling system, the crankcase, shocks, forks, and hydraulic brakes. Even then it’s hard to believe that there is this large a difference.

  • Damo


    I believe is does come with the long valve check intervals, which I think is the best part about the Testastretta. I am surprised Ducati isn’t using that more in their advertising.

    This is like the practical Ducati sport naked. Kinda weird that they still make the Monster and the Streetfighter, now that I think about it.

    The 1998 era Monster is still one of my favorite bikes Ducati made.

  • akatsuki

    Clear sign that the new 1199 and 849 or whatever are going to be a lot more expensive. Still a crap deal since you’d be better off just picking up an 848 Dark instead.

  • Rob

    The 848 Stealth will get a $1k bump in MSRP for 2012 to separate it from its naked brethren. So basically all 848Evos will be 13.9k and the SF848 will be 12.9k

  • yawn ….

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  • buellracerx

    Well I just hope they’re not trying to justify this price with that paint job, holy ugly.

    take away the TC, I can handle 135hp…

  • Giova

    If you compare the perfomance, price and the service intervalas between the Monster 1100 and the 848 SF it is not a bad deal. $1k more than the Monster 1100.

  • hoyt

    Having “a three-way titter-totter” is smart. There are distinct riders for the Monster & Street Fighter, but there are those that could go either way. The cost of manufacture for having this variety shouldn’t be that great if they can use a good % of parts at least between the SF range.

  • DareN

    I think that yellow is a bad choice for Ducati. They should have gone further and do the neon green, like the BMW 1000RR. I ,personally, have hoped that they will still have white, which looked grear with dark frame / engine.

  • So if I have a 2009 Monster 1100, does it make sense for me to upgrade to this or is the jump not sufficient? It was just knocked over and I’m replacing the broken parts with Rizoma gear. Should I cancel that?

  • Steven Oliver

    @Max Zuckerman
    I’d keep your monster. I see no reason to trade down.

  • @Steven Oliver, thanks man! Why do you see it as a trade down? Just because of the engine displacement or is there something else you’re referring to?

  • MikeD


    Get your Monster straight and rolling…then try the SF 848 when a demo becomes available…nothing like a test ride to tell if it’s for u or not.

  • @MikeD You’re totally right, I’ll keep it for a bit and get an SF848 demo when it comes out. It probably isn’t helping that I made the new stealth matte black model my desktop background, haha.

  • john


    you asked me to come back to you in two months about the announced 1098 sf replacement. i think you have to find more serious sources in the future before shout out assumed facts ! ;-) the replacement you meant is something for my 13/14…