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Ducati Monster Chronology

1992: the 900 cc Monster is presented for the first time at the Cologne Motorshow.

1993: the 900 cc Monster with Desmodue engine (2 valve, air-cooled) is put into production.

1995: the Monster family expands with the introduction of the smaller 600 cc model.

1996: the family is further expanded with the arrival of the 750 cc model.

1998: the Monster achieves sensational success with the introduction of the Monster 600 dark, Monster 900 Cromo and Monster 900 S.

2000: the technology and styling continue to develop. The latest arrival is the Monster 900 with electronic injection, and the styling of the entire range is updated.

2001: the evolution of sports models continues with the introduction of the Monster S4 with 916 cc Desmoquattro engine and completely new running gear.

2002: electronic injection is introduced on the smaller models; the entry level model now has a larger 620 cc engine; all models benefit from the new running gear used on the S4.

2003: the Monster 800 and Monster 1000 are introduced, the latter equipped with the new Dual Spark engine.

2004: the flagship of the Monster range is introduced: the S4R with 996 cc engine, single-side swing arm and totally revised styling and technology.

2005: the family grows with the arrival of the S2R powered by the 800 cc Desmodue engine.

2006: the Monster S2R with 1000 cc engine is born; in addition an authentic, no-compromise bike is introduced, the Monster S4R S Testastretta, a true naked Superbike with all the power and grunt of the Desmodromic "Testastretta" engine.

2007: the Monster family adds the new S4R Testastretta to its already impressive line-up. This new model is powered by the famous 130hp Testastretta, deep-sump, L-Twin engine, previously powering only the top of the range S4R S; another newcomer is the Monster 695 which replaces the entry-level 620, taking a quantum leap forward in terms of handling, riding pleasure and performance.

2008: the Monster 696 is born: a new era begins!