Nothing has changed on the drive: The Monster SP is also powered by the Testastretta 11° engine, a liquid-cooled 4-valve twin with 111 hp and desmodromic valve control. The aluminum front frame, inspired by the Panigale V4 and fixed directly to the engine heads, also remains unchanged.
The SP version stands out though befitting its status with a series of high-quality components that are intended to make the motorcycle even lighter, more effective and sportier and also optically add a shovel. The paint finish is in the 2022 colors of the Ducati Lenovo team’s Desmosedici GP, the Ducati logo on the tank is based on the Panigale V4 and the seat is upholstered in red. So much for optics.
The technical upgrades are more important, like the Öhlins suspension components. The NIX fork is 0.6 kilos lighter than the standard fork and has a much finer response. Ground clearance and lean angle should also be increased. The suspension elements have a sportier tuning, which aims to improve the dynamic qualities of the Monster SP when driving on winding roads.
The brakes also experienced an increase in performance. The system was tuned with Brembo Stylema brake calipers with aluminum inner rings for the 320 mm front brake discs (0.5 kg lighter than the brake discs of the normal Monster). Thanks to the lower mass inertia at the front, the motorcycle is also more agile.
Weight is also increased by use of a lithium-ion battery. Despite additional standard equipment such as cockpit fairing and steering damper, a total of two kilograms have been shed. The increased performance is taken into account by winding Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV.
All Riding Modes and therefore all electronic controls were also recalibrated to take full advantage of the chassis changes. Added is the new Riding Mode Wet, which is intended to ensure more safety on wet roads. Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control are still on board. All electronic aids can be customized. The sporty character of the new Monster SP is also underlined by the Launch Control, which enables lightning-fast starts.
On the 4.3 inch TFT color display a racing graphic inspired by the Panigale V4 is displayed, with a large rev counter and an information display on the left, including the gear engaged indicator.
The new Ducati Monster SP will be on sale at the end of the year. The price is not yet known; The question of whether Ducati will be able to solve its delivery problems, which caused the Austrian importer a lot of trouble in 2022, in the foreseeable future has also not been clarified.