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An Italian made superbike, theÂ Ducati 848 Evo has been in production since 2008. It has a liquid cooled, v-twin 849.4cc, a40hp Testastrella engine and a top speed of 173 mph (278 km/h). Most of the 848's chassis components are identical to the Ducati 1098/1198, the motor however is an all new design.
Producing roughly 116 hp at the rear wheel it out performs the revered Ducati 916 that had a hard time producing more than 100hp and even the upgraded Ducati 998 that produced 110 hp at the rear wheel.
In August 2010, Ducati announced the 848 Evo, as the evolution of the model. The bike featured small revisions such as a black swing arm, Mono-block Brembo brake calipers, steering damper mount as well as some very minor engine revisions. The 2011 Ducati 848 Evo featured further changes to the engine, including new Marelli throttle bodies, revised cylinder heads with straighter intake ports and reshaped combustion chambers. Ducati claimed these changes would result in a 6-hp increase, bringing output to 140 measured at the crank, however Cycle World Magazines first test of the engine showed a mere 1.6 hp increase over the previous motor.
Most importantly the 848 Evo's has carefully designed bodywork that hugs the lines of the chassis, which enables the rider to blend seamlessly into the correct riding position. Not just for appeal and body position; the 848 Evo's bodywork was also designed to assist with cooling and providing fresh air into the pressurized airbox.
Although the 1198 and 848 share many similar components, the 848 uses a wet clutch rather than the traditional dry clutch of previous superbikes from Ducati (A wet clutch is immersed in a cooling lubricating fluid which also keeps the surfaces clean and gives smoother performance and longer life). One of the more notable differences between the two bikes is the brakes. On the 848, four-caliper Brembo front brakes are cast rather than machined. The 848 requires greater braking effort than the 1198, despite its lighter weight.
The 848 Evo retails for over $14,000 it's a beautiful bike and well worth it, many riders say its got razor sharp turns and simple to use power, giving it unthinkable performance and reliability.