Du­cati’s hy­per Hy­per

Even more rad­i­cal Hyper­mo­tards for 2019

MCN - - THIS WEEK -

Du­cati have un­veiled two new lighter, more pow­er­ful and restyled ver­sions of its Hyper­mo­tard su­per­mo­tos.

The up­dated 937cc Tes­tas­tretta mo­tor has al­most 4bhp ex­tra with more torque on tap, too. The en­gine is also 1.5kg lighter; the tubu­lar steel trel­lis frame 1kg lighter and the cast rims 800g lighter; all con­tribut­ing to an over­all 4kg weight loss.

The styling is more ag­gres­sive, too, with a new DRL-en­abled head­lamp, seat, slim­mer flanks, ex­posed sub­frame and wider bars. Gone is the large side-mounted si­lencer in favour of a pair of stubby, slash-cut un­der­seat pipes. The elec­tron­ics get a boost, too, with cor­ner­ing ABS, slide con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and anti-wheelie, plus the op­tion of a bi-di­rec­tional quick­shifter all con­trolled via the full-colour 4.3in TFT dash. The SP ver­sion gets longer Öh­lins sus­pen­sion, light­weight forged alu­minium March­esini rims, a flat­ter seat and the EVO quick­shifter/blip­per – all at a £3300 pre­mium over stan­dard.

New twin un­der­seat pipes are the most im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous change

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