Despite the name, the Ducati SuperSport isn’t a race bike. Instead, it’s a commuter and medium-distance tourer that’s been fitted with sporty elements, so you can rock a veritable race rocket between your legs, while enjoying better ergonomics and comfort.
As with earlier SS models, the bike closely resembles the Panigale models, albeit with styling cues borrowed straight out of their superbike lineup. The result is a beautiful middle ground for those who like their motorcycles with a sporty feel without the accompanying discomfort.
Instead of the air-cooled Desmodue engines of previous iterations, the new Ducati SuperSport has a liquid-cooled 937cc Testastretta engine, which produces 113 horsepower and 71 pound-feet of torque. Suffice to say, this thing will go uncomfortably fast. To balance things out, it gets a more relaxed than usual riding position, a lower seat height of 31.9 inches, and an adjustable windscreen for more comfortable riding in the open road, with easy handling, Ducati Traction Control, and the Ducati Safety Pack making it even more accessible to every rider.
It gets the full complement of riding modes from Ducati’s bike lineup, which adjusts power, throttle sensitivity, traction control, and ABS intervention, depending on which one you set. Two versions of the bike will be made: standard Supersport and the more aggressive SuperSport S, which gets adjustable Ohlins shocks, Ducati Quick Shift (which allows it clutch-free downshifts and upshifts without lifting the throttle), and a rear seat cover.
The Ducati SuperSport is slated to come out next year.