Tak­ing it to the streets

A smaller-cal­i­bre Ital­ian Street­fighter is about to hit the tar­get in Aus­tralia

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels -

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.’’

Mark Hinchliffe

Bridg­ing the gap: Du­cati 848cc Street­fighter

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