New S model boasts extra bling for a refined ride
For £1500 over the standard model you can plump for the Supersport S. It has the same motor, chassis, electronics and Brembo brakes, but comes with fully-adjustable Öhlins forks and shock, a seat cowl and a quickshifter/ autoblipper, which you can also fit as an accessory to the standard machine.
We got the chance to ride it at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville. The track was sopping wet, but Ducati fitted Pirelli wets and with such a grippy surface it was almost like riding in the dry anyway.
Having the Öhlins not only gives you a fuzzy warm feeling inside to look at, they give the Ducati an improved ride, help the tyres dig in harder and add to overall stability. Even with spray streaming off my visor the uprated Öhlins suspension gave me lots of feel and confidence under hard braking, cornering and acceleration.
With the electronic quickshifter and autoblipper fitted you only need to use the clutch when pulling away and stopping. Upshifts are quicker (clue’s in the name) and having the bike do the engine blipping for you auto-matically during downchanges saves you time and effort. The autoblipper only works below 9000rpm to stop you from overstressing the engine.
There’s no question the S model’s fancy suspension and gearbox electronics will make the Supersport S a nicer place to be on the road. But conversely the standard model will still make a decent trackday machine for less experienced riders who don’t need 200bhp to play with, thanks to its easy power, safe electronics, supple chassis and generous ground clearance.
‘The S model’s Öhlins suspension gives the Ducati an improved ride’