• Ducati unveils the top-of-the-line Monster SP

The SP monikered Monster goes up a notch when it comes to track-focused thrills

Ducati expands its fleet with the SP monikered Monster and is second in line from the planned list of launches for 2023. The top-of-the-line Monster is two kilos lighter than the standard variant, has sportier riding manners and looks smashing in its MotoGP livery. 

In terms of features, the Monster SP receives a 4.3-inch TFT display featuring racing graphics and information can be controlled via the handlebar controls. There’s a new inclusion in terms of riding electronics, the SP gets a ‘wet’ ride mode increasing its level of safety on the go! Other than that, it benefits from dual channel ABS, wheelie control and launch control 

Speaking of its mechanicals, the diabolic beating heart is the 937cc Testastretta 11degree L twin engine with the desmodromic distribution. It murmurs 112.5 PS and 93Nm figures and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. One of its quirks is the inclusion of a bi-directional quick shifter. 

The damping duties on this special monster are performed by an upmarket Ohlins fully adjustable NIX 30 fork which saves a good 0.6 kilos over the standard and ‘Monster +’ variants, and what meets the tarmac are Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres. Anchoring responsibilities are fulfilled by Brembo Stylema’s with 320mm twin rotors at the front and are 0.5kilos lighter than the front brakes that go on lower spec variants. 

The Ducati Monster SP also gets a steering damper and a compact lithium-ion battery as a weight-saving measure.

While an India launch for the Ducati Monster SP may have to wait until early 2023, it is likely to carry a heavy premium over the standard model that sells here at prices starting from Rs 12.49 lakh ex-showroom. It’ll take on the likes of the Triumph Street Triple RS and the Kawasaki Z900.

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