Same powertrain, but the brakes, suspension, tyres, and exhausts have all been upgraded
Ducati recently presented the new Monster SP, which is essentially a sportier, more exciting version of the Monster.
Featuring the 2022 colours of the Ducati Lenovo Team's Desmosedici GP, the Monster SP comes with Öhlins NIX30 fork, Termignoni exhausts, a red saddle which is integrated with the tail in the side view, a 'Monster SP' logo on the passenger seat cover, and a Ducati logo that is significantly larger than the base Monster.
At the heart of the Monster SP is the same Testastretta 11° liquid-cooled 4-valve engine as the regular Monster, producing 111 hp.
Meanwhile mechanical enhancements include fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, as well as Brembo Stylema calipers and aluminium flanges for the 320 mm front brake discs.
Thanks to these enhancements, the Monster SP has better braking performance, reduced load transfers, an increased ability to close trajectories and greater precision in all riding phases.
The general lightening of the bike also comes with the adoption of a lithium-ion battery, which brings the overall weight saving to about 2 kg in running order compared to the standard model.
The sporting potential of the Monster SP is further enhanced by the steering damper which improves stability under acceleration and cornering, as well as by the presence as original equipment of Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres, the manufacturer's flagship proposal for sporty riding on the road.
In addition, the electronics see a general recalibration of all the Riding Modes, and therefore of all the electronic controls, to make the most of the changes made to the chassis, and the arrival of the new Riding Mode Wet, designed to offer greater safety on the bikes on wet surfaces.
Other standard equipment include ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control, all adjustable to various levels of intervention. The sporty character of the new Monster SP is also underlined by the Launch Control which ensures lightning-fast starts.
While the Sport, Touring and Wet Riding Modes allow the rider to shape the Monster's character according to tastes and needs, everything is easily managed through the handlebar controls and the 4.3-inch colour TFT dashboard, featuring racing graphics that echo those of the Panigale V4, with a large rev counter and a complete set of information on the left, including that of the gear engaged.