The model name Monster says it all
THE most powerful Monster yet is about to invade our shores. Settle down. It is not Godzilla. It is Ducati’s rangetopping Monster 1100 EVO.
The Monster 1100 EVO is expected to arrive later this month, NF Importers marketing manager Alison Fraser says.
‘‘ Pricing will be announced closer to arrival,’’ she says.
The naked Monster range currently consists of five models from the learnerapproved 659 ($12,990) to the 1100 S ($22,490).
The Monster flagship is expected to cost considerably more as it will come standard with the Ducati Safety Pack, which includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The EVO is powered by the Desmodue Evoluzione 1079cc engine, which is the first twinvalve Ducati engine to achieve 100 horsepower (73.5kW).
It has new cylinder heads, revised combustion chambers, new inlet and exhaust ports and a higher compression ratio of 11.3:1, which means it can go back to a single spark plug.
The engine also has a lighter crank and flywheel.
Monster has been a fashion icon since it was designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi in 1993. More than a quarter of a million Monsters have been sold in the past 18 years.
However, it always appeared a bit messy when you got up close, thanks to plumbing that looked like an afterthought.
In 2008, the cables were tucked away in a radical restyle that made it look much neater.
The EVO looks even better now with a cosmetic makeover featuring plenty of carbon fibre, a new exhaust system, narrower seat and 20mm higher handlebars. That new seat and handlebar configuration will make the riding position more upright and less tiring.
It is fitted with 43mm Marzocchi USD forks, a Sachs offset monoshock, Brembo brakes front and rear, plus sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.
A sixth Monster will join the range next month: an ABS variant of the learner-approved 659, priced from $13,990.
All Ducatis come with a twoyear unlimited kilometre warranty and 24-hour roadside and emergency assist.
Cosmetic makeover: Thenew Ducati Monster 1100 EVO
Fashion icon: The Ducati Monster 696