INTERMOT 2010: Ducati 1198SP Revealed
1198 comes standard with quick shift system
The 2011 Ducati 1198SP ads a number of upgrades to the standard 1198 including top-of-the-range Ohlins suspension, lighter chassis components, aluminum fuel tank and slipper clutch.
According to Ducati, the 1198SP has a dry weight of 370.3 pounds, about 2.2 pounds less than the 2010 1198S. Much of the weight savings is from the new fuel tank which holds 4.75 gallons of fuel, 0.66 gallons more than the standard 1198S. Further weight savings were made with new seven-spoke Marchesini forged and machined wheels and a carbon fiber front fender.
Ducati also announced the 1198SP and the 1198 will come standard with data analysis, traction control and quick shift systems. The new Ducati Quick Shift system sends a signal to the ECU, letting it read engine rpm, vehicle speed and throttle level. The ECU then applies a split-second cut in fuel injection and ignition to allow gear selection without using the clutch or closing the throttle.
The 2011 Ducati 1198SP will be priced at $21,995 while the 2011 Ducati 1198 remains at its 2010 price of $16,495.
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