The cylinders will retain its signature 90-degree cant using Ducati’s proprietary Desmodromic (cam/rocker-arm style) valve control system. Bore has increased 6mm to 112mm, while stroke has been decreased 7.1mm to 60.8mm. This allows the more oversquare engine to spin at higher rpm than before though Ducati didn’t provide any details aside from its claim that peak power is made at 10,750 rpm. (Redline is 10,500 rpm on 1198-generation).
The engine has been designed to work in unison with the new carbon-fiber chassis as fully stressed member. Its mounting position has changed and has been rotated six-degrees backward. This allowed engineers to position it 32mm further forward for better overall balance. Reduced engine weight was also a primary design goal and just over seven pounds was reduced just by redesigning the starter motor/battery system. Other weight savings include the use of magnesium in many of the engine casings.
For the first-time ever, this new engine will employ dual-stage fuel-injection with a pair of injectors powering each cylinder fed from larger 67.5mm throttle bodies (nearly 5% bigger than the 1198). Furthermore the throttle will be actuated electronically via a ride-by-wire system with push-button power mode selection.
The redesigned transmission still makes use of six forward gears and features larger diameter gears to compensate for the engine’s higher power output. Smartly, Ducati has finally jettisoned its finicky and difficult to use dry clutch for a more conventional wet-style clutch with slipper functionality to mitigate the effects of engine back torque during deceleration.
Ducati claims that the new engine produces 195 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 98.1 lb-ft of torque at 9000 rpm as measured from the crankshaft which would give it title to having the most powerful production Twin cylinder sportbike engine. More information to come and expect a first ride review circa March ’12.
Ducati showcases its biggest and baddest engine yet.. The engine which will be used in their upcoming panigale named the "Superquadro"..
This engine is the most powerful twin cylinder engine in the world touted to produce a mind boggling 195 horses at the crank and 98lb-ft of earth shattering torque...