2010 Ducati 1198
World Championship-winning technology
The 1198 was born to perform and with a colossal
97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque from its Testastretta
Evoluzione engine and dry weight of just 171kg (377lb)
it always delivers. Its victory-driven technology
comes directly from Ducati's World Championship-winning
race bikes – and it's evident in every detail
of the bike.
Fully adjustable Showa front suspension carries radial
mountings designed for the awesome stopping power
generated by Brembo Monobloc callipers and 330mm discs.
Fully adjustable Showa suspension behind and lightweight
10-spoke wheels complete an impressive set-up.
For 2010 the 1198 is available in a traditional Ducati
red or stunning pearl white with both liveries using
racing black frames and graphite grey wheels.
The 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engine
The Testastretta Evoluzione engine is the crowning
glory of Ducati's development and perfection of the
L-Twin engine. World Superbike dominance for almost
two decades is the result of continual commitment
to their twin-cylinder configuration. Ducati share
the reward for that commitment with World Championship-winning
technologies constantly flowing from the factory race
team into production engines.
The incredible 1198, 1198 S and 1198 S Corse are
all powered by a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic
engine that produces 170hp (125kW) @ 9,750rpm and
a class-beating 97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque @ 8,000rpm.
The 1198 achieves its capacity by using exactly the
same 106x67.9 bore and stroke as the factory race
bike. Volumetric efficiency through the four valves
per cylinder is optimised with valve diameters at
43.5mm for the inlet and 35.5mm for the exhaust. They
are actuated by racing-type rocker arms, 'super-finished'
for reduced friction and fatigue, and double overhead
camshafts with radical profiles.
The incredible valve performances achieved are only
possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system,
where valve closure is activated mechanically. At
high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve
to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe
if it were relying upon a normal valve spring. With
the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically
with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep
cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system
is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including
their world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP
To keep Ducati's highly efficient Testastretta cylinder
heads breathing to their full potential, the injection
system uses the same size elliptical throttle bodies
as the 'R' model, which is an equivalent diameter
The race-designed 1198 pistons have a distinctive
double-ribbed undercrown to achieve high strength
and reduced friction by using minimal piston wall
surface area. Using technology developed for the Desmosedici
MotoGP project, the design enables reliable operation
of the 106mm diameter pistons when performing at high
The 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engines are the
lightest ever used in Ducati Superbikes, thanks to
Vacural® technology, a crankcase vacuum die-cast
manufacturing process yielding weight reductions of
3kg (6.5lbs) compared to the 1098 cases. The vacuum
die-cast process ensures consistent and precise wall
thickness and increased strength from absolute material
purity. The weight-saving cam covers in magnesium-alloy
are evident by their gold colour, while the alloy
outer clutch and generator covers sport a black finish.
In line with the increased power and torque output,
the 1198 gearbox uses 'R' model internal ratios. The
gears are machined from the same high-strength steel
used in Ducati Corse race applications and are subjected
to a shot-peening treatment that further ensures their
strength and reduced fatigue.
The 1198, 1198 S and 1198 S Corse feature a beautiful
and efficient exhaust system. Incredibly lightweight,
it has been engineered with a power-increasing symmetrical
2-1-2 layout that uses 52mm-57mm diameter tubing with
a wall thickness of 0.8mm (.030in). It is equipped
with a catalytic converter and two lambda probes for
optimum engine mapping and Euro3 conformity. The system
terminates with Ducati's trademark twin under-seat
silencers, delivering that unmistakable signature
sound of the big bore Desmo 90° L-Twin.