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Spy pics: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 will be 150-hp, 350-lb motorcycle...
A New Water-Cooled 1198cc Ducati Monster?
Ducati seems poised to launch a new über Monster for 2014 powered by a version of the testastretta 11º engine found in the Ducati Diavel and Multistrada 1200.
Carefully ‘leaked’ spy shots show a Ducati Monster with what looks like a 1198cc testastretta 11º power plant. It could conceivably be the new 821cc engine that debuted in the Ducati Hypermotard but to our eye the chunkier engine size and thick looking headers lead us to conclude its the larger 150bp plus engine this time around.
Until these photos broke cover the new version of the Monster has always been air-cooled with the most powerful 100hp version of the Desmodue power plant in the Monster 1100EVO.
With slow sales of the 1198cc version of the Streetfighter causing the range to be dropped to just the high spec S model (and that isn’t even available in the USA, Ducati’s largest market) the writing was on the wall for big Streetfighter. Instead the Streetfighter seems to have found its sweet spot with the nicely balanced 848 Alley Fighter model which we rate as the Best Ducati for the Street.
With the expected deletion of the 1198cc Streetfighter there is room once again for the Monster to take on the mantle of the model for those who prefer near Superbike performance sans a fairing.
The new model could be unveiled as early as the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany especially if the company is preparing more surprises for the EICMA show in Milan this November.