Overshadowed by Ducati’s unveiling of the Multistrada 1200 this week at EICMA were the changes in their Hypermotard family for the coming year.
Taking the place of the Hypermotard 1100 and 1100S in 2010 are the 1100 EVO and 1100 EVO SP. By redesigning the engine and shaving off heavily forged sections of the frame—a trick learned from the development of the already released Hypermotard 796—Ducati’s engineers say they’ve created an evolution of the 1100 model that rolls off the assembly line 7kg lighter and 5hp more powerful than the original. The Hypermotard 1100 EVO has a dry weight of just 172kg (379lb) and while its 1100cc Desmodue Evoluzione power unit continues to use a bore and stroke of 98×71.5mm, its refinements, including a lighter crankshaft assembly and modified combustion chamber, have boosted its power to a claimed 95hp @ 7500rpm with 76lb-ft of torque @ 5750rpm. The increase in power also necessitates a new higher capacity oil cooler.
The SP version, designed for harder edged riding and track days, is 1kg lighter and 30mm higher than the straight EVO and comes with an Ohlins race shock, Brembo monoblocs as used on Ducati Superbikes, and lightweight, forged Marchesini wheels, finished in black with red pin striping and skinned with Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. A carbon fibre rear hugger comes standard on the EVO SP, as does Ducati’s DDA onboard computer for data analysis such as, throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance traveled, laps and lap times.
Priced at $17,495, the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP is finished in a choice of red or white-themed Ducati Corse livery, while its plainer sibling can be had in red or black for $14,995. Both machines will hit the showroom floors along with their diminutive 796 family member this spring.