2011 is likely the last full model year for the 1198 so, to keep its products from gathering dust on store shelfs, Ducati’s heaped its superbikes full of extras. We’re not just talking some new paint colors either. Take the Ducati 1198 SP for instance, it replaces the “S” model, but brings with it 7-spoke forged Marchesini wheels, an aluminum fuel tank, a quick shifter, slipper clutch and even a $1,400 Ohlins TTX shock, all for just a $100 premium over the old “S.” Meanwhile, the 2011 Ducati 1198 gains standard traction control and even a quick shifter.
We exclusively brought you news of the $21,995 SP’s improved spec yesterday, but today’s official release adds news of the Marchesini wheels. Not only does the fuel tank weigh 2.2lbs less than the steel item on the old bike, but it also holds a little over a gallon extra, taking total fuel capacity up to 4.75 gallons. Available in black or red, the SP is distinguished by silver stripes.
The $13,995 1198 looks to be the real bargain though, gaining the Ducati Data Analysis package that was previously exclusive to the S and R an a quickshifter that’s new this year.
Ducati’s clearly trying to add some sex appeal to a soon-to-be-replaced model, but this level of standard spec being added essentially for free is nevertheless extremely impressive. We’ll embed full details below.