Race-bred: Ducati Monster 1200S


To get you an idea of how big an improvement the new Ducati Monster 1200S is over its predecessor, the newcomer’s power output in its softest riding mode is equivalent to the maximum output in the soon-to-be replaced Monster 1100 Evo (100bhp). In its raciest setting, the new Monster produces a staggering 45bhp more than the Evo.

The secret in unlocking this herd of rampaging Italian horses is down mainly to the liquid-cooled (the Evo was air-cooled) second-generation Testastretta 11-degree Dual Spark engine as seen in the Multistrada and Diavel models. Detuned for the street, the engine’s 11 degrees of valve overlap (down from 41 degrees) means less bhp, but increased Nm in the low- to mid-range plus smoother, more linear power delivery.

The Monster is Ducati’s best-selling model worldwide, which says a lot about a company famed for producing race-bred superbikes. Seen as a stepping stone into the Ducati brand, the Monster draws newer riders with its friendly ergonomics and accessible power. Since 1991, Ducati has sold over 275,452 Monsters.

The new Monster is not only more powerful, it also shares technology with the firm’s range-topping superbike, the Panigale 1199. The engine, instead of being bolted on to a traditional frame, is now directly connected to a smaller subframe, allowing it to act as a fully stressed member of the chassis. The result of this is a frame that’s lighter and stiffer, by a whopping 99 percent!

Read the full story at Torque.

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