Ducati will be launching its SuperSport bike on September 22, 2017. Expected to be introduced in two trims – SuperSport and SuperSport S – the base variant is likely to cost Rs 12 lakh, whereas the top-end SuperSport S will be priced around Rs 14 lakh (both prices ex-showroom). Ducati dealerships across the country have started taking bookings for the same at an upfront payment of Rs 1-2 lakh, depending on the dealer outlet.
The Ducati Panigale range is a capable one but feels a tad too focused for the road, especially when it comes to travelling long distances. To solve this condurum, Ducati came up with the SuperSport. It is a more 'road-focussed' Panigale with focus on ergonomics and comfort. The design of the SuperSport is similar to the Panigale but it gets new headlamps, adjustable windscreen, new exhausts, higher set of clip-ons, a larger seat and lower footpegs. The riding position is more upright and ergonomically viable for touring longer distances than the Panigale.
The SuperSport is powered by a 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta L-twin motor. Power delivery is 110PS at 9500rpm and 93Nm of torque at 6500rpm. It come with ride-by-wire, rider modes, 8-level traction control and 3-level ABS. The SuperSport comes with 43mm fully adjustable Marzocchi upside-down forks and a linked semi-adjustable Sachs monoshock damper. The 17-inch lightweight alloys are wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres. Braking is via dual 320mm front semi-floating discs clamped by radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4-32 callipers and a single rear 245 mm disc with a 2-piston calliper.
The Supersport S gets top-spec suspension in the form of fully adjustable 48 mm Öhlins TiN-treated forks and fully adjustable Öhlins rear gas-charged monoshock. Other bits include Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down quick shifter and a pillion seat cowl. The SuperSport ventures into sports tourer territory and will compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and the Suzuki GSX-R1000F.