2008 Ducati 848 Superbike
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– 2008 Ducati 848 Superbike
2008 Ducati 848 Superbike
LIGHTWEIGHT MOVES – HEAVYWEIGHT PUNCH
The new 848 enjoys all the performance advancements of the entire Superbike family, while adding its own innovations to redefine the middleweight sport bike class.
The words ‘agile’ and ‘refined’ aptly describe the 848. At 168 kg (369 lbs) the 848 is an amazing 20 kg (44 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, and a significant 5 kg (11 lbs) lighter than its larger capacity brother, the 1098.
The highly advanced 848 engine uses an improved method of engine case production in which cases are vacuum die-cast formed. While providing significant weight savings of more than 3 kg (6.5 lbs), this method also ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. Further refinements include a sophisticated wet clutch that offers 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less weight, a much higher service life, improved clutch feel and quiet operation.
With the first twist of the wrist, the powerful rush of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine confirms that the rules have changed. The 848’s 134 hp is not only 30% more powerful than its predecessor, but it provides a power-to-weight ratio even better than the potent 999.
The 848 – a new class of Superbikes.
ENGINEERED BY THE STOPWATCH
The Superbike family for 2008 features two important changes: the introduction of a mid-engine size version, the light and nimble 848, and an extreme ‘racing’ version for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R version that will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship.
The priority in every step of the 848 and 1098 development has been performance first. Every system, every detail and every component has been studied, pared down to its essence and performance increased to the maximum. If it didn’t make our Superbike lighter, faster or deliver quicker lap times, it wasn’t considered. The result: the 1098 is the most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle in the world.
The 848 and 1098 are the lightest, fastest stopping, quickest lapping Ducati Superbikes in history. For the first time Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike technology have been combined to create premier sport bikes. The results are stunning.
DESIGNED BY THE RACETRACK
The look and stance of the 848 and 1098 were designed by the combination of race track technology, track-derived components and Ducati heritage. Their striking aerodynamic shape naturally embraces a riding position, configured by our racers and test riders for optimum speed and agility. The racing spirit takes form.
2008 Ducati 848 Superbike Specifications:
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
Wheelbase 1430 mm / 56.3 in
Front suspension Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork
Front wheel travel 127 mm / 5in
Front brake 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo calipers 4-piston, 2-pad
Front wheel 5-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel 120mm / 4.7in
Rear brake 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR17
Fuel tank capacity 15.5L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
Weight * 168kg / 370lbs
Seat height 830 mm / 32.6 in
Instruments Digital MotoGP derived unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, fuel reserve, trip fuel, neutral, turn signals, average speed, average fuel consumptio
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Body colours (frame/wheels) (Red – Red – Black) (Pearl White – Racing Grey – Black)
Versions Dual seat
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.
Type L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement 849.4 cc
Bore x Stroke 94 x 61.2 mm
Compression Ratio 12:1
Power* 134hp – 98.5kw @ 10000rpm
Torque* 70.8lb-ft 96Nm @ 8250rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. Twin stainless steel mufflers
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary drive Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch Wet multiplate with hydraulic control
* = Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer
Specifications and features are subject to change.