2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

09/12/2011 @ 10:02 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

After Asphalt & Rubber first announced the bike back in July, the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 has finally made its official debut (with a little teaser help from Nicky Hayden). Expanding Ducati’s Streetfighter brand to now include two bikes (we’ll have to wait a little longer for the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 1198), the Ducati Streetfighter 848 is certainly not a shocking release. True to the streetfighter movement’s ethos, the Streetfighter 848 is a stripped-down version of the Superbike 848, with a twist.

As we predicted, Ducati has brought over the Testastretta 11° engine configuration for the smaller Streetfighter, meaning not only will the Streetfighter 848 have a wet-clutch, but also a 15,000 mile valve service interval. While Ducati is mum on many of the new SF 848’s details, the Bologna brand says the bike will come with the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC), and from what we can see in the photos, unsurprisingly lower-spec Brembo brakes and Marzoochi forks, instead of the Superbike 848’s monoblocs and Sachs units.

While we’re fans of the Streetfighter 1098 and its progeny, the devil is going to be in the details for Ducati when it comes to the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848. Having to strike a balance between the Superbike 848, Monster 1100 EVO, and the soon-to-be-release Streetfighter 1198, the Streetfighter 848’s performance specifications and price point are going to be integral to it success. Expect that Streetfighter 848 to make less power than its Superbike counterpart, while pricing will be nestled above the Monster 1100 EVO.

Available in November 2011 in Europe and January 2012 in North America, the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 comes in traditional Ducati Rosso Corsa, matte-black, and also brings back the Ducati yellow color scheme. Details surely to follow soon.

Source: Ducati

  • Johndo

    One of the only stock bikes I’ve seen that wouldnt require aftermarket blinkers and a tail tidy, why can’t other manufacturers make theirs as neat as this? Even the mirrors are better looking then most…

  • Other Sean

    Nice work Jensen, you’re article is more clear than the one on MCN and the pictures are bigger and more numerous. They had a confusing sentence about a dry clutch, which sent me over here to get the real story.

  • Thanks Sean. Their article is really confusing. Andy Downes, MCN’s reporter, usually does a bang up good job on his stuff, so I’m not sure what happened over there. Maybe just rushing to get it out the door. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t have days/articles like that too. C’est la vie.

    What will be the real factor in for 2012 will be how the SF 848 is positioned against the SF 1198. The Superbike 848 is Ducati’s best-selling bike in the US, and is near the top or at the top in virtually all the other markets. There has to be some notion in Bologna that the SF 848 could sell like hotcakes, but it’s going to come down to price and how much de-tuning goes on compared to the Superbike model.

    It’s an easy bike for Ducati to make (from a decision perspective), but incredibly hard to position. I’m not sure I see a clear way of doing it, so even I’ll be curious to hear where the final decisions come down.

  • DC

    DTC byt no ABS though apparently?

  • deckard

    Ducati: Gives you less, yet gets more press.

  • HondaCBR600RR

    Think I’ll wait for the SF 848 EVO. Hmm yummy!

  • DareN

    Hey! Where is white?

  • Keith

    finally an non-monster Duc I’d love to have. So spot me a few bucks and tell me a lie and say I only have to adjust the valves every 25k miles. 8^)

  • luke

    no red version? expect crying ducatisti at your local dealership soon. perhaps ducati will do a special edition version a bit later with the classic ducati hue on board.

  • Fear not Luke, the Streetfighter 848 the bike comes in red, or as we called it “Ducati Rosso Corsa” – the traditional racing red of Italy.

  • Astro

    You gotta give it to the Italians.
    They sure know how to pen a bike
    What gets me is how it costs the same to make a shit looking bike as a hot one.
    How come the japanese giants cant come up with something comparable.
    Thake the Honda CB1000, they did a fair job but still couldnt get it right.
    Bad headlight and bad wheels spoil the look.
    Sure it would be the more reliable of the two, but it just doesnt give you wood.

  • Nobody

    And on top of the 848 StreetFighter we see the 2012 1199’s tank.

  • konalight

    Off topic: next derivative of the 848: a Multistrada 848 (120 HP / 170 Kg)?

  • Frode

    Fxxk me! AWESOME! I WANT ONE!!!

  • This just might be my next bike… Oooh yes.