Ducati PH president and CEO Toti Alberto led the unveiling of the new sportbikes, which cater to different levels of riding, before a throng of motorcycle enthusiasts, including celebrities and superbike racers.
Most of them rode from Manila to not only see each bike in the metal, but also have the first dibs of the Monster 937 and SuperSport 950 on the 4.2-km tarmac.
2021 Ducati Monster 937
The Monster is one of brand’s iconic models, with more than 350,000 bikes produced since 1993. It’s not surprising that this naked portrays the nature of a Ducati in its simplest, lightest, and most compact form. It also comes with a powerful engine.
While retaining the bike’s signature ‘monstrous’ appeal, Ducati enhanced the styling of its round LED headlight and sweeping direction indicators, to give it a modern look and appeal. Its mainframe, rear subframes, and swingarm were redesigned to lessen the overall weight by as much as 18kg as compared to its predecessor, the Monster 821.
The new Monster is powered with a bigger 937cc Testastretta V-twin engine and an upgraded gearbox that generates 111hp at 9,250 rpm and 9.8Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. Standard features include a quickshifter, cornering ABS, traction control, and wheelie control—all adjustable to different levels of intervention. Its seat height is 32.3in.
The updated version still offers the same convenience as an everyday and easy-to-use ride, with a much lighter weight, increased power, and a more modern look. The 2021 Monster 937 has two color variants: Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels priced at P875,000; and Aviator Grey with GP Red Wheels, P885,000.
2021 Ducati SuperSport 950
The SuperSport was developed to bring that sporty feel without having any compromise. An ideal ride for the younger generation, it fits female riders because of its ergonomic design, which provides more comfort as compared to other superbikes.
The newly designed fairings give it a sportier look with a touch of elegance that adhere to the premium motorcycle brand. The Supersport also bears a strong semblance to the Panigale V4 because of its full LED headlight and daytime running lights (DRL), which are supported by fins and flanked by air intakes to project an athletic stance.
This superbike is equipped with Bosch’s 6-axis inertial platform that detects roll, yaw, and pitch angle movements. ABS cornering, traction control, wheelie control, and electronic shifting are part of its standard electronic package.
The 2021 SuperSport 950 is available in Ducati Red. The S version, which has a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and passenger seat cover, comes in Ducati Red and Arctic White Silk for P1,105,000.
2021 Panigale V4 SP
For the finale, Ducati PH launched a pair of Panigale V4 SPs (Sport Production), which were turned over to Sam Verzosa. The V4 SP is the latest addition to the Ducati Panigale lineup. It is not an S, an R, or a Superleggera, but a bit of each.
The SP version is like a Panigale S in terms of engine and chassis performance, combined with a few components of the R and Superleggera.
The Panigale V4 SP is made for amateur riders who love track sessions. The bike is easy to ride, and doesn’t require a lot of effort and skill, making it friendlier than the ‘R’ version. Case in point: Verzosa just started riding a few weeks ago.
The model is fitted with a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 that churns out 214hp at 13,000rpm. It also comes with the Ducati Data Analyzer+ (DDA+) and telemetry kit with a GPS module that allows you to analyze your performance on the track.
The V4 SP is equipped with lightweight five-spoke carbon wheels, Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers, and Brembo front brake pump with MCS (Multiple Click System).
It uses a dry clutch system—essential for track use. Riders can also choose from four ride modes: Race A, Race B, Sport Riding, and Street Riding. The 2021 Panigale V4 SP is priced at P2,560,000.
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