Taking it to the streets
A smaller-calibre Italian Streetfighter is about to hit the target in Australia
DUCATI has announced it will plug the gap between the current 1098cc Streetfighter and the Monster naked bikes with an 848cc Streetfighter.
It is going into production now and will go on sale in Australia for $18,990 plus on-road costs from December, says Ducati Australia spokeswoman Alison Fraser. She says there has been a big demand from customers for the smaller-capacity model.
‘‘ The Streetfighter 848 now fills the gap of mid-range capacity to the Naked and Fighter markets within the Ducati family,’’ she says.
‘‘ Streetfighter sales account for 10 per cent of our overall sales, creating a strong footing within the Ducati range.’’
The smaller Streetfighter features the 848 Testastretta 11 engine. However, Ducati is not announcing details yet of power and torque figures.
It will feature Ducati Traction Control and the engine will be tuned for smooth power delivery.
The new 848 Streetfighter will be available in Ducati red, the signature yellow and ‘‘ dark stealth’’— matt black.
When it debuted at the Milan show three years ago, the Streetfighter won the title of the Most Beautiful Bike and the smaller model continues that stunning style. In fact, most Ducatisti would barely distinguish any differences between the new Streetfighter and the 1098cc model.
Ducati sales in Australia are in a holding pattern with 651 units sold in the first half of this year— down just two on last year.
However, Fraser says sales are starting to turn around. ‘‘ In a flat and sometimes declining market, the great news is that Ducati is starting to see growth in Australia,’’ she says.
‘‘ This can be attributed to all existing models continuing good sales year to date as well as the introduction of the revolutionary Diavel (cruiser) alongside the learner-legal Monster 659.’’
Bridging the gap: Ducati 848cc Streetfighter