Are You the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848?

05/18/2012 @ 12:21 pm, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS

The Hypermotard series is growing long in the tooth, and while everyone expects the Ducati’s smaller Superbike to get revamped in 2013, here is some evidence to suggest that the big news at EICMA this year will be an all-new Hypermotard model. Expected to have a water-cooled motor, best guesses would have the new Hypermotard using the 849cc Testastretta power plant, which would dovetail nicely with the supersport-sized Superbike getting an ~800cc variant of the new Superquadro motor.

Ducati has made a tradition of using its aging Superbike motors in the rest of its line-up, which helps the Italian company extend production run efficiencies and amortize tooling costs. The same technique was first tried with success on the Ducati Streetfighter line, and has since been used on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and Ducati Diavel. The motor in the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 is surely the same lump that is found in the Ducati Streetfighter 848, which should make for a nice broad and useable power band, suitable for street/urban riding.

From the photo we can see that the trellis frame remains on the HM858, while the muffler is mounted using a traditional side-exhaust setup. The tail seems very similar to the Multistrada’s, with a luggage platform looking to be present. The handlebars also seem to retain the same foldable mirrors and hand guard arrangement found on the current Hypermotards.

Our last observation is that the fuel tank appears to be very minimalist, though it is unclear how much bodywork is missing in this shot (note: the huge gap near the motor’s chin). How this model will fit in Ducati’s model range, presuming that a smaller Multistrada is on the way as well, remains to be seen.

Source: Il Ducatista

  • I’d be willing to bet money that is actually going to be an 848 Multistrada, not Hyper.

  • Peter

    What sense would this make? Just put a MTS 1200 in Urban mode and you’ve got a 100 hp bike.

  • And why would you make an 848 Hyper when there is already an 848 Streetfighter? They would be in direct competition. Furthermore, they would do it for all the people who don’t want to buy a 1200 cc multistrada. The Multistrada 620 was well received, and I know a lot of shorter/more petite folk that would like a smaller Multi.

  • 2ndclass

    Given that an 848 Hyper could just be an 848 Streetfighter and/or Multi just with different bodywork and long travel suspension, it’s not really that silly an idea, different clothes and forks won’t exactly need a huge development expense.

  • Please tell me why they would make an 848 when there’s already a 796?

  • Westward

    Some of us prefer 848 and 796 over 1100 and 1199…

    Also, depending on where you are located, taxes and insurance makes a bike under 1000cc’s more practical and cost effective…

    Maybe Spies should race an 800cc M1, at least he would stand a better chance at winning a race in MotoGP this year…

  • Great now they take the air cooled motor that they have displaced from the hypermotard and stick it in the frame of the 848 they took the water cooled motor out of, raise the clipons two inches, and give us the new light weight, low maintenance SuperSport many of us are wanting.

  • Motolady… Even though the displacement numbers are the close the performance aspects are completely different. The 848 mill would easily out perform the 1100 air cooled motor but has the every day ride-ability of the 796. I’m wondering with the versatility of the 848 11┬░ engine if it wouldn’t make both the 796 & 1100 motors obsolete and then having the Hyper Motard run as a single displacement bike.

  • ML

    @MotoLady: I’ll take you up on that bet. $1,000.00 to the charity of the winners choice.

    On another note, its good to see that perhaps all future ducati bikes will have a aluminum tank. =)

  • MikeD

    I WANT to find this RELEVANT… (-_-)’
    Maybe i will after i see the final Product…right now is so MEH.

  • Halfie 30

    I’m with FastBikeGear… My ’05 800 SS needs an updated sister….

  • AK

    I want mini Multi, ST or SS model .. :) if they didnt comeout with either I have to go with Triumph 800 or BMW 800GS.

  • Damo


    That is what I was thinking.

    Make a single hypermotard with a liquid cooled, 15,000 adjustment interval motor. Keep the traction control and fancy trim off it to keep the price reasonable and you got a nice little bike, with a beefy yet controllable power band.

  • default

    I would love to have this bike in this mule/test form. Bare aluminum, ridiculous exhaust. It just looks mean. Like something that would be in the new Road Warrior.

  • Damo

    It would make for a great setup. I am so happy Ducati is getting away from 7,500 mile service intervals on all their models.

  • MikeD

    Another thing…Ducati, IF U ARE LISTENING AT ALL…do something about your SHITTY FUEL TANKS ( both the swelling and the LACK of capacity PROBLEMS, thank u).

  • mxs

    Another “great” bike using motard in their name …. pls no.

  • Slappy Fishnecks

    So, we’ll have a more costly bike (4v), water cooling, heavier bike. I thought the 2v air cooled Ducatis were fun, simple, and light weight. Seems that abandoning the trellis frame, selling MTS at 20k USD and cruisers are Ducatis new cash market. Bye bye Ducati, I was done with you after the ballooning fuel tanks, but doubling up your product line with a Hyper next to a Streetfighter makes zero sense to me.

  • spanishduc

    For those of the saying you don’t understand the streetfighter and the hyper, have you ridden both? I have. I was going to buy the hyper 1100 but my friend convinced me to wait for the 848 streetfighter, which I took on a nice long test ride last weekend. It’s better than it was, but for me, the seating position of the hyper is much better. The placement of the handlebars in relation to the seat and foot pegs is perfect for a tall guy like me (6’3″). The streetfighter felt like the 1100 monster – better than the 696 monster but no where close to as comfortable as the hyper, no matter how much you customize it. It comes down to what’s comfortable for each person and for me, the hyper is by far the best fit. Will I wait for this? Probably. But if I come across a screaming deal on an 1100 hyper, I’m buying it!

  • Damo


    I am glad I am not the only one that puts ergonomics first on bikes. I have similar size issues (6’2″ 200lbs)

    You can always tell the sport riders that put miles down on their bike every year by caring about ergos an such, as opposed to the squids who think a bike like the Hyper is “underpowered”.

  • FLABueller

    This has been getting tossed around on the Ducati forums the last several days. Most are pretty sure it’s an 848 Multi and not a Hyper. Look at the rack on tail section. That thing screams put a giant ugly box here and hang saddle bags from it’s sides.

    Spanishduc I just came across a smoking deal on zero mileage 08 1100 hyper for 7K. Absolutley loving this thing. Now if I could just unload this Buell LOL


    In my opinion its 848 Multistrada. Thats realy good idea :)

  • Laurence

    Being the owner of an 1100 evo sp, I have to tell you that anyone familiar with current Hypermotards doesnt want a new hyper that makes LESS torque, at a 5000..yes 5000.. higher RPM. You have redlined and shifted on a 1100 before a 848 motor reaches peak torque. This is trading massive low end grunt for high rpm higher speed performance. Great, but you sit perfectly upright with zero wind protection on a hyper. Extra speed isn’t a great thing.

  • MikeD


    I would gladly give 2K rpm ( maybe more ) for 10lbs-ft more than what i have (SV1000N)….redlines suposedly @10K but she fades off quickly after 9K.
    U got it, not much point on having power so high in the Tach and so much top-end speed when your “windshield” consist of one round headlite and one tiny instrument cluster.

    I rarely go beyond 6K, so………………………………..I think i see an H-D on my future…LMAO.