The 2014 Monster 1200 and 1200 S powered by the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS engine. The brand new flagship of the family presents an entirely new chassis and muscular styling designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies and with the exclusive S model, 145hp and a ride-enhancing 92ft-lb of high-accelerating torque, wrapped beautifully in a spec-impressive chassis that tips the scales at 182kg (401lb) dry weight.
High-spec brakes, suspension, single-sided swingarm and lightweight wheels combine with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive Monster ever. Super comfortable and introducing an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
While the Monster 1200 is presented in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels, the Monster 1200 S offers Ducati red with red frame and glossy black wheels in addition to the striking scheme of white with bronze-coloured frame and glossy black wheels.
Both the 696 and 796 continue in traditional Ducati red with red frames and black wheels, while the 696 also offers dark stealth or stone white with matte black frames and black wheels. The 796 presents diamond black silk with contrasting red frame and black wheels as its additional colour choice.
Walter de Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, joins Mr. Domenicali on stage to welcome the latest Ducati.
The limited edition 1199 Superleggera, which introduces levels of engineering and technology that set a new benchmark in the industry, now enjoys its first public showing. More than two decades and 270,000 extremely satisfied owners after its initial launch, the third generation of the iconic Ducati Monster is now unveiled as the brand new Monster 1200, providing as much breath-taking fun as before, with a versatility and modern relevance that make it even more Ducati than ever.
“For Ducati, EICMA is a key, strategic event,” said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, during the presentation press conference. “Despite the slow market, Ducati looks to the future with optimism and confidence, implementing both a major product development plan and constant technological innovation. Data from the first nine months of 2013 shows that the same momentum that has enabled us grow over the last three years is being maintained and we fully expect to repeat the achievements of 2012, a year in which Ducati broke all previous records in terms of sales, output and revenues. Three of the stunning new models for 2014 will be presented at our stand here in Milan and we are certain that the vast ‘Ducatista’ fan base will be delighted with them.
The 1199 Superleggera, an incredible motorcycle engineered to levels of technology and performance never seen before on a production bike. Only 500 of these individually numbered motorcycles are being built, and 90% of them have already been sold, even before its official presentation.