The 2015 Ducati Streetfighter 848: Fun, Fast, & Exotic!
This Ducati Streetfighter Is Built For Kicking Ass And Taking Names
2015 seems to be the year of the Ducati; they’ve kicked off the MotoGP season with unprecedented results and made the Desmocedici GP15 a competitive bike. The track may be one thing but they’re also impressing on the roads too. Here’s a look at the 2015 Ducati 848 Streetfighter and you can see what we mean.
Say Hello To The New Ducati Streetfighter!
The 848 looks like a dominant machine, with an aggressive riding stance that looks just as comfortable for commuting as it does for tackling corners; the trellis frame, sporty front end and beefy twin exhaust system oozes power and control too.
The 2015 11° Testastretta 849cc L-twin engine kicks out a whopping 132hp at 10,000 rpm, similar to the Diavel and Multistrada, providing incredible torque even in the low rev range. The engine itself takes some inspiration from the Testastretta Evoluzione Superbike but switches to the 11° configuration for fluid power delivery and to lessen emissions.
The all-new 848 sits on fully adjustable Marzocchi forks and a Sachs monoshock with Diablo Rosso Corsa ZR17s on the front and back. The front brakes are dual pad, four pistoned Brembo caliper set up and the rear has a 245mm disc with two piston caliper. The exhaust system is a super lightweight 2-1-2 affair with a catalytic converter and twin stainless steel mufflers.
Equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster, the 848 displays the usual rpm and speed but it also features a wide range of other goodies, including a lap time clock, full traction control settings, air and fluid temperature and battery voltage. The traction control itself is armed with eight levels of progressive sensitivity programmed to accommodate a wheel spin tolerance, an extremely useful feature for any rider, regardless of ability. The 848 also utilizes Ducati Quick Shift technology, which was previously reserved for racing bikes, to optimize your gear shifting times.
All in all, it’s fair to say this Ducati Streetfighter looks the part, coming dressed in that signature Ducati red; it has the power with that 849cc Testastretta engine; it has the brains, featuring the trademark traction control and quick shifter technology too; and finally, it has the character to excel in any environment. Of all the Ducatis that we’ve seen in recent years, this is the one that appeals to us the most. Its tough, versatile, and exotic enough to turn heads. And maybe in a couple of years prices will drop down into a more wallet friendly region – if someone drops one and needs cash in a hurry, that is.