Ducati 1098 Streetfighter and Streetfighter S: official pics and specifications

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The Ducati Streetfighter (yep, that’s its name) has officially dropped, and I’m glad to say it looks a whole lot sweeter and nastier than the pre-launch photoshop fakes we ran last week. The full banana water-cooled 1098 engine in a trellis-framed naked chassis. Chain drive, single sided swingarm, dry clutch. Brembo radial monoblocs, 155 horsepower, 167 kilos. Fully adjustable suspension either end with Ohlins for S model buyers.

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Yep, it’s a stunner - and Ducati’s claimed power and weight figures, if correct, will put it right at the top of the nakedbike table for pure, crazy acceleration. Due for release in Spring 2009, the Streetfighter will be a worthy competitor against the Brutale, Superduke R, TnT, Tuono and Corsaro Veloce in the super-naked market, which is becoming hugely competitive due to the sheer hilarity these models offer on the road.

The Monster line (currently headed by the Monster 1100 and 1100s) will continue, featuring exclusively water-cooled engines - and plenty of buyers will appreciate that simplicity - but in performance terms, the Streetfighter will wipe the floor with anything the company has ever released without fairings. It will be a relentless, unforgiving, ball-tearing hooligan machine. The full-dress 1098 wheelies without much provocation in third gear, and this one’s going to be even harder to control. Can you tell I’m excited? Bring it on!

Check out the Ducati Streetfighter mini-site for full specs, details and wallpaper sized photos.

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