Ducati revives Supersport, adds Scramblers

2016 Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario - supersport
2016 Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario - supersport
SuperSport spy photo from World Ducati Week

Ducati has confirmed it will revive the iconic Supersport as an everyday ride with the unveiling of a Supersport and Supersport S at the 2016 INTERMOT motorcycle show in Germany in October.

There may also be several new models of Scrambler unveiled at the show as the company has lodged plans for six new Scrambler models with the California Air Resources Board ( CARB) for approval.

Scrambler model names submitted are CR, CT/T DS, DS/T and T which don’t provide many clues although T could mean touring and DS could mean dual sport. They bikes are about 10kg heavier, so they could have bigger engines, most likely 1200cc.

Ducati Scrambler 1200 spyshot from Inmoto
Ducati Scrambler 1200 spyshot from Inmoto

There is also talk of an entry level 939 Multistrada and a 1299 Panigale being unveiled in Cologne or Milan.

Meanwhile, the new Ducati Supersport will be powered by the 939cc, liquid-cooled, L-twin from the Hypermotard which was 113hp of power and 97.9Nm of torque.

Product manager Paolo Quattrino says the bike is built around the chassis of the Monster.

The Ducati Supersport was shown at the biennial World Ducati Week in Misano in a closed-room preview to Ducatisti just as they had done at the  2014 WDW with a sneak preview of the Scrambler with fans permitted in after surrendering cameras and phones.

However, one fan managed to grab the photo at the top of this page

It is surprising that the bike will be publicly unveiled at the German auto show, rather than the EICMA bike show in Milan in November. Perhaps the new Scramblers all be unveiled in Milan.

Ducati Supersport 800
Ducati SuperSport 800 (1999-2007)

Fans who saw the Supersport at WDW say it still has the iconic trellis frame, banana seat and clip-on handlebars, but they have been raised to make it a more comfortable ride.

The leaked spy image may come as a bit of a disappointment for nostalgic fans as it looks like a slightly more rideable Panigale.

Instead of the beautiful liquid, flowing lines of the last iteration of the venerable marque, it has sharp edges like most other modern sportsbikes.

The Ducati SuperSport and SS air-cooled models ran from 1988 to 2007 and have a legion of devoted fans as a potential market for the new/retro model.

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