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
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
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!