Ducati Streetfighter 1198 Evo SP: 170bhp from full-power superbike motor

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Looks like the Ducati Streetfighter is getting a major update next year. Leaked on Ducati’s own website last night, this information indicates that the naked superbike is being upgraded from the old 1098 to the current 1198 motor. There doesn’t appear to be any “tuned for torque” nonsense either. 170bhp and 98lb/ft is exactly what the 1198 superbike makes and a significant upgrade from the current Streetfighter, which develops only 155bhp and 85lb/ft. Room in the Ducati model lineup for the much-rumored Ducati Streetfighter 1198 is made possible by the new Ducati 1199, which will supplant that 1198 next year.


Thanks for the tip, Nate.

  • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee (Ninja 250)

    Every review of the Streetfighter that I’ve read complains, “The thing just isn’t powerful enough.”

    (That was a lie.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      True. They took the strong point and made it stronger. One can only hope for improvements in suspension while dreaming of improved ergos.

  • Ola

    So BMW, are you going to just sit there and take that? Have the Husky guys design some edgy headlight to put on a naked S1000RR frame.

    • Glenngineer

      I’d rather they didn’t…that husky makes my peepee sad.

      Naked S1000R with street tripleish ergos…that’s good for the peepee, most definitely.

  • Ax

    How was it “leaked” if Ducati posted it on their own website? And torque is “nonsense”? But since I’m paying to read this, everything you say must be true, correct, and hip while I must be confused, stupid, old, and/or out of the loop or something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      Ax – I’m going to go with “confused” on this one. The article doesn’t say that torque is nonsense, it says “tuned for torque” is nonsense.

      Often, taking a motor that’s purpose-built for horsepower and tuning it for more torque robs tremendously from horsepower in exchange for a moderate bump in torque. Japanese inline-4s are notorious for it. In many cases, it’d be best to either leave the donor engine alone or purpose-build an engine for torque.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      “leak”: some info slipped out inadvertently and has now been removed. That’s a pretty text book leak.

      “tuned for torque”: this is a cliche used by manufactures to justify cutting the balls off an engine when it’s moved from full on sportsbike to a naked.

      Instead of getting sassy, next time try just asking.

      • je

        You said sassy.. nice!

  • Brant

    Reaction to the new Aprilia?

  • Tony

    This thing is just going to be nuts to ride. Have you guys ever tried the the current Streetfighter? Holy shit. Whip lash city.
    Rode one for a few days in the mountains in Italy. Just too much as it is. More excited to the 848 Streetfighter.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Eh, it’ll just be an 1198 with awkward ergos and crappier suspension.

      • jonoabq

        Any ideas on pricing? Not that I’m even remotely considering buying one but I have to find that one insurmountable fault that takes it out of the “practical naked” category and puts it squarely in “no”.

      • Nate

        Just remember, what you think is awkward is another man’s awesome.

        I bought my SF mainly for the ergos, not in spite of.

        • Glenngineer

          Indeed, to each his own. I can’t sit on one of those things for long without pain.

        • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

          I hear ya, Nate. Most of the people who bought one seem happy enough with the ergo package. At the same time, aside from my own experience and preference, every press review I can recall had an issue with the comfort. Which sucks, because it’s a beautiful bike.

          I act like that would stop me from buying one. The real issue for me was the obscene insurance quote from Progressive. When compared to a new Z1000, the difference was enough that I could have bought a second new Z1000 after three years for cash. That broke my heart.

          • Nate

            I suspect people complain because it’s neither animal nor mineral.

            If you’re good/fast enough to appreciate the engine, chances are you want the clips and fairings to go with it, hence Wes’s comment. I guess I get it.

            It’s perfect for monkeys like me who just like too much torque down low, but really don’t burn down the house otherwise.

          • HolyHandGrenade!

            “The real issue for me was the obscene insurance quote from Progressive.”

            Yes, exactly. Im not sure how anyone can justify paying over $2K a year for full coverage. I pay less than $225 for my 2011 Monster and $175 for my 08 Nightster, both with full coverage. Sure, the HP combined on my bikes cant equal the SF alone but still…there comes a point of not worth it for me. I can afford the insurance, I just dont see enough added value to justify the additional ‘pay to play’ fees. Id rather have a 2nd bike – like I do.

            • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

              My quote was over $4k/year for full coverage. Coverage on my ’10 Z1000 dropped from $1800/yr to $500/yr when I moved to another provider.

              Texas insurance is always more expensive because of lots of uninsured drivers (so I hear), but Progressive gouged the crap out of me.

              • HolyHandGrenade!

                $4k!! Holy shit. Ducati sales guys must dread the moment that a potential sale askes to check insurance rates.

                The market for such a bike must be tiny, why would Ducati want to make it even smaller? I think the letter below makes more sense.
                “Ducati will be unveiling a new Ducati Streetfighter very soon; it’s a cheaper and smaller capacity bike with the engine from the 848 sportsbike.”

                I wonder if OEMs take insurability (sp) into consideration?

  • lvmoto

    I work at a shop and am lucky enough to ride the SF somewhat regularly. It’s a cool bike and I’m looking forward to riding the new model with the updated powerplant. Hopefully the pricepoint doesn’t change dramatically. Well done Ducati.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Some people are screaming fake (as always), but some evidence is convincing, the url for instance doesn’t seem to comply to their naming policy :
    No “evo” in this one…

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      A french website states:
      “Brand officials claim it’s photoshoped”

      That being said, they didn’t say “it doesn’t exist” they said “it’s not the model that will be reveiled in september”…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nah, this is EXACTLY how Ducati’s URLs look:


      The guy that found it was looking under Streetfighter S for specs when this popped up. Likely a web monkey prepping the site for the new model and dropped some live data in place at the wrong time.

      • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

        Hadn’t caught that he was allegedly browsing the “regular” S version’s page.
        My bad.

  • John

    FAKE: There is no Ducati Streetfighter EVO SP

    By Andy Downes -

    New bikes

    05 September 2011 11:57

    Ducati has officially confirmed to MCN internet rumours about a forthcoming Streetfigher Evo SP with the 1198cc, 170bhp engine from the 1198 superbike as nothing more than a fake.

    A screen grab of what was supposed to be ‘accidental leak’ of information from the Ducati website appeared on various websites yesterday but it has now become clear someone has faked the image.

    Ducati spokesman David James told MCN: “There is no Ducati Streetfighter Evo SP; this bike does not exist and will not be in the Ducati model range in 2012.

    “I took the screen shot sent in by MCN to the guys running the Ducati website and they confirmed the way the HTML works on the page shown could not have come from here as the way the text is laid out on the words ‘Evo’ and ‘SP’ does not line up correctly. It’s a fake.”

    Ducati will be unveiling a new Ducati Streetfighter very soon; it’s a cheaper and smaller capacity bike with the engine from the 848 sportsbike.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      Making matters worse, Jensen at A&R threw down the “sloppy journalism” gauntlet. He challenges you to a duel, Wes.

      (I may be making that last bit up.)

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Eh, he’s just ripping off MCN now.

        • Archer

          It could be that HfL has simply been victimized by a hoax. Looking at the layout of the other Ducati pages, this one sure looks fishy.

  • hooligan317

    The local Ducati dealership said the only SF’s on the order sheet or whatever official term they may call it, were the F1098S and the new 848 version. Who knows…