Though the new Ducati Supersport range has just been officially unveiled today, this isn’t our first time seeing the bike. As many of you may recall, the Supersport, which I shall refer to as the SS, was previewed to a select few during the last World Ducati Week. During which one attendee snapped some photos of the new machine and leaked them to web. Then, just hours before the bike officially made its debut today, clear, seemingly official photos of the SS stirred the excitement of the Ducatisti by giving us a great glimpse of what was to come. Now, shortly after the official unveiling, we have learned a bit more about the SS.
One thing which we previously knew, per the photos taken during WDW, was that there would be both a base and “S” variant of the SS. Today, we learned what will differentiate the versions, at least in terms of standard equipment. The S variant will utilize a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, a quick shifter for shifting up and down through the gears without utilizing the clutch or having to roll off of the throttle, and a rear seat cover. Ducati has specified that some of this equipment will be available as optional equipment on the base SS. Too, the S adorns jewelry-like LED lighting. It is unclear at this time, however, whether or not this feature will be standard equipment, or if it will be available at all on the base model.
As many speculated previously, the SS will be powered by a 937cc, Testastretta engine, creating 113hp. This engine is derived from the 939 Hypermotard. Also, similarly to the Hypermotard, the SS will utilize a premium single-sided swing arm for optimal aesthetic simplicity. Ducati describes the performance sensation delivered by the engine as being “linear,” contributing to an accessible and predictable output of power from the bike.
Versatile seems to accurately describe the 939 SS, as the bike was created to bridge the gap between naked-standards and hardcore track bikes. The bike is said to be both at home around town, as well as on the twisty back roads. Too, the bike is well suited to medium distance touring, due to its 16 liter fuel capacity and adjustable windscreen, in addition to its already significant wind deflection from its fairings. To further adapt the bike to its purpose, three riding modes can be selected; Sport, Touring and Urban.
Aside from its claimed “easy handling,” the bike features technology like Bosch derived ABS and DTC (Ducati Traction Control) to inspire confidence in the rider.
As for the bulky, Euro4 compliant exhaust unit shown, I am hopeful that similarly to the U.S. spec 959 Panigale, a physically discreet and attractive alternative is what makes its way on to U.S. bound SS models. Expected to be priced and positioned just below the 959 Panigale, the SS is slated to hit showrooms in March of 2017.