Ducati introduced a new 937cc SuperSport, adding a new street-based sportbike to its roster to go alongside the more track-focused Panigale line. The SuperSport will be available in a base model for $12,995 and a higher-end S model for $14,795 which adds upgraded suspension and quickshifter. Ducati will also offer a choice of Sport or Touring packages.

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The SS is powered by Ducati’s 937cc Testastretta 11° engine claiming with 111 hp at 9000 rpm and 71.3 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm. According to Ducati, the engine reaches 80% of its maximum torque at just 3000 rpm, while still staying above 90% when it reaches its peak revs. The ECU allows for three selectable ride modes to suit varying conditions: Sport, Touring and Urban. Exhaust gases flow through a 2-1-2 system to a stacked silencer setup behind the right footpeg.

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The crankcase and cylinder heads were modified so the Testastretta engine can be mounted to a new steel trellis frame as a load-bearing element. The liquid-cooling system and alternator cover were also modified to allow for a gear-position sensor. The six-speed gearbox is paired with a wet slipper clutch.

Ducati says the chassis is rigid yet light, keeping the total wet weight to a claimed 463 pounds. With a 24° rake, 3.68-inch trail and 58.2-inch wheelbase, Ducati says the Supersport is easy to handle in both urban streets and mountain hairpins.

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At 31.8 inches, the SS’s seat is 0.78 inches lower than the Panigale’s, while the handlebar height and footpeg positioning make the ergonomics more comfortable than on the more performance-oriented superbikes. The plexiglass windscreen is adjustable between two settings to provide optimized wind protection.

The base model SuperSport’s suspension is comprised of a fully-adjustable 41mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs rear shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. The S model swaps in a fully-adjustable 48mm TiN-treated fork and rear shock from Öhlins. Both versions are equipped with Brembo M4.32 radial-mount calipers with a Brembo PR18/19 front master cylinder.

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The 17-inch wheels are wrapped in 120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires with newer profiles and compounds inherited from the Diablo Supercorsa tires.

A three-mode Bosch ABS and eight-level traction control systems are offered as standard equipment while the SuperSport S comes with a quickshifter (available as an option for the base model).

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Other standard features include LED daytime running lights, full LCD instruments, wheels with triple Y-shaped spokes and a waterproof underseat USB port. The SuperSport S also comes with a color-matched pillion seat cover.

The Sport accessory pack includes a carbon fiber front fender and fuel tank cover, articulated levers and billet aluminum front and rear brake reservoir covers. The Touring pack includes heated grips, semi-rigid panniers and a larger windscreen.

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Follow the rest of our 2016 Intermot Show coverage for more information on new motorcycle announcements.

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