2012 Ducati Superbike 848
The 2012 Ducati Superbike family marks
the official introduction of the ground-breaking 1199
1199 Panigale S and flagship 1199 Panigale S Tricolore
and opens a new chapter in the company’s iconic
Superbike history. The highly successful 848EVO and
new for 2012, 848EVO Corse Special Edition with
enhanced electronics, suspension and stunning Ducati
Corse livery, complete an incredible range.
The 848EVO is Ducati's most impressive mid-range Superbike
ever, and provides an exciting way to enter the world
of Ducati Superbikes. 2012 sees the arrival of the
stunning 848EVO Corse Special Edition with Ducati
Traction Control, Ducati Quick Shift, Öhlins
rear suspension and 330mm brake discs all stylishly
delivered in Ducati Corse official colours.
The “EVO” treatment applied
to the 848 introduced a 6hp power boost to 140hp (103kW)
and a torque
increase to 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) for razor-sharp and easy-to-use
power delivery, while the combination of the
848's legendary (168kg) chassis set-up and planet-stopping
Brembo Monobloc brakes gives unthinkable
braking performances most can only dream of.
Iconic features from the reigning World
Championship-winning machines, are all part of the
848's DNA and
in pursuit of perfection, Ducati engineers have now
further enhanced specification to deliver impressive
performance whether riding through mid-town traffic
or racing through track-day competition.
The 2012 848EVO maintains the traditional colours
of Ducati red with red frame and black wheels, “dark
stealth” with racing black frame and black wheels
and arctic white with red frame and red wheels. New
2012 is the 848EVO Corse Special Edition, specially
dressed in red, white and black colour scheme with
red frame and black wheels.
The 848EVO Testastretta Evoluzione
The 848EVO is powered by a liquid cooled,
L-Twin, Desmodromic engine that produces 140hp (103kW)
@ 10,500rpm and a high-accelerating 72.3lb-ft (10kgm)
of torque @ 9,750rpm.
The 94mm x 61.2mm bore and stroke breathes
through 4 valves per cylinder fed by revised inlet
shapes and racing-style elliptical throttle bodies,
which have an equivalent diameter of 60mm. The EVO’s
piston crown and combustion chamber shape improves
burn efficiency, while the 13.2:1 compression ratio
and performance-driven camshafts provide 13mm of valve-lift
and 257° of inlet duration.
Electronically injected and ignited
by Marelli, the super-efficient power unit then exhausts
lightweight 2-1-2 system equipped with a catalytic
converter and up-rated to twin lambda probes for smooth
mapping and Euro3 conformity. Terminating in twin
under-seat silencers, the system delivers that
unmistakable signature sound of the Desmo 90°
The highly advanced 848 engine was
the first Ducati Superbike to introduce vacuum die-cast
formed using Vacural® technology, a process that
achieves a significant weight saving and ensures
consistent wall thickness and increased strength.
The 848EVO chassis and suspension are
the result of a 'performance-first' priority approach
in which the goals are always to achieve lightweight
with high strength and rigidity to manage the highpowered
Testastretta Evoluzione engines. Developed in cooperation
with Ducati Corse, the lightweight
Trellis frame features 34mm main section tubes with
a material thickness of 1.5mm.
Producing a front subframe in magnesium
underlines the attention to weight-saving detail Its
provides secure support for the headlamp, instruments
and fairing, and the weight-saving around this high,
forward position contributes considerably to overall
'feel' and control of the machine.
The dual construction technique used
for the single-sided swingarm allows the main operational
components to use individual aluminium castings so
as to ensure strength around the pivot points, wheel
hub and suspension links, while lightweight, fabricated
aluminium sections are used to complete the
construction into a single, beautifully engineered
component. The 848EVO swingarm is then presented in
sophisticated black-anodised finish.
The lightweight front wheels used on
all Ducati Superbike models substantially reduces
the moment of
inertia, enabling a faster change of direction and
enhanced acceleration and braking performances. The
848EVO is equipped with Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels finished
in black and mounted with Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear
The 848EVO features fully adjustable
43mm Showa forks with radial brake calliper mountings,
which provide superior road holding and precise feedback.
A control-enhancing steering damper maintains perfect
frontend stability, inspiring supreme control and
confidence alongside the increased power output.
The lightweight Trellis frame and single-sided
swingarm enable a compact and weight-saving rear
suspension linkage system, which features separate
lower pick-up points for the push-rod and fully
adjustable Showa single shock suspension unit. This
'tandem' design effectively reduces stress around
linkage pick-up area of the Trellis frame. The 848EVO
Corse Special Edition raises the specification even
higher with a fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock
offering enhanced feel for performance-hungry sport
Ducati Superbikes have always been
famous for their incredible, track-derived braking
performance and the
848EVO is no exception. Featuring Brembo's powerful
Monobloc calliper racing technology applied to 320mm
discs, the EVO’s incredible braking capability
is a result of Ducati’s continual quest for
Machined from a single piece of alloy,
the callipers achieve a higher rigidity and resistance
during extreme braking. The resulting increase in
hydraulic efficiency not only delivers incredible
power, but also provides an enhanced and precise 'feel'
at the brake lever. The twin Monobloc callipers
each have four 34mm pistons that grip 320mm discs
to help generate planet-stopping braking.
The 848EVO Corse Special Edition takes
that Monobloc braking experience to the next level
Superbike-style 330mm front discs.
Carefully designed for aerodynamic
efficiency and to hug the sleek lines of the chassis,
bodywork enables the rider to blend effortlessly into
the correct riding position.
Its race-developed fairing design ensures
perfect integration with the cooling system by providing
flow through the advanced, large surface area coolant
radiator, which is assisted by lightweight, high flow
electric fan assemblies and oil coolers. Aerodynamically
shaped air ducts positioned just below the
headlamps are precisely calculated to provide ample
air delivery to the pressurised airbox.
The lightweight bodywork contributes
considerably to overall performance by reducing weight,
Testastretta Evoluzione engine's power output, and
assisting the rider to effortlessly 'tuck in' from
stream and reduce drag to achieve maximum straight-line
This pure racing digital instrumentation
originating from Ducati's MotoGP project has no switches
to compromise its clean, minimalist lines. Instead,
information additional to the default read-outs is
from the left-hand handlebar-mounted switch gear,
allowing the rider to scroll through and select from
The display, which has a bright white
LED back lighting presents rpm and speed, with the
across the screen in a progressive bar graph. Optionally,
the rpm and speed can be displayed in numeric
values. Additionally, it displays lap times, DTC level
selected (if activated on the Corse Special Edition)
air temperature, coolant temperature, battery voltage,
two trips and a trip that automatically starts as
system goes onto reserve. Warning lights illuminate
to signify neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit,
oil pressure, fuel reserve, DTC intervention selected
(if activated on the Corse Special Edition) and
scheduled maintenance. The instrument display is also
used as the control panels for the DDA (available
an accessory by Ducati Performance), DTC and DQS systems
as well as listing lap times recorded by using
the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
Superbike lights and indicators
The horizontal twin headlamps are modernised
interpretations of the iconic 916, restyled and updated
the latest lighting technology. Two polyellipsoidal
units light the way with a powerful beam while maintaining
an aggressive look to the front of the machine in
pure Ducati Superbike tradition. The rear light employs
specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high
diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the
tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified for brake
The directional indicators also use
the latest in LED technology for illumination. The
frontal indicators are
beautifully integrated into the rear view mirrors,
which come with an optional spacer kit enabling an
extension of 30mm over the standard mirror stem length.
SUPERBIKE 848EVO CORSE SPECIAL
Dressed in the official Ducati Corse
livery of red, white and black, the 848EVO Corse Special
Edition takes the already exciting 848EVO and adds
racing instinct with outright style and enhanced performance.
Equipped with full 8-level Ducati Traction
Control (DTC) and the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system,
the Corse Special Edition raises its game even further
on the road or race track. Combine the enhanced electronic
package with the superior feel of fully adjustable
Öhlins rear suspension and 330mm front brake
discs and it is clear that the brand new model fully
deserves to wear its new official Ducati Corse styling.
The 848EVO Corse Special Edition uses
identical DTC and DQS concepts as the new 1199 Panigale.
monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear
wheel-spin under acceleration and electronically
reduces engine power to optimise traction performance.
DQS allows the throttle to remain open when
changing-up through the gearbox, helping to save vital
fractions of a second in the pursuit of faster laptimes.
The 848EVO Corse Special Edition rolls out in red,
white and black Ducati Corse livery with red Trellis
frame and black wheels.