Ducati has officially announced the 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796, kid brother to the 1100, and have released some pictures.
The scheduled launch of the 2010 Hypermotard 796 is expected next month.
Ducati says that the engine is all-new – many think that the Euro 3 unit which produces 81 bhp and 7.7 kgm of torque is a revamped version of the Ducati Monster 800 engine which has been suitably modified for compliance with Euro 3 emission regulations.
The 2010 Hypermotard 796 is both lighter and cheaper than the 1100 version. Weight is now at 167 kilograms which is eight kilos less than the 1100 version, and power at 81 bhp too is not much less than the 95 bhp of the 1100.
Seat height at 825 mm is 20mm lower on the 2010 Hypermotard 796, and chassis development has also led to several improvements to the frame.
Ducati says that the wet clutch with slipper action will prevent rear destablisation when aggressively downshifting on the 2010 796.
The motorcycles would arrive in UK showrooms by December 2009, at a price of £6,995 for the matte black version, and the traditional Red version is priced at £7,195.
Ducati says that the 2010 Hypermotard 796 is a well-behaved city commuter as well as a capable mountain carver, which probably is accurate. Price in the United States would be $9,995 MSRP. The 1100 Hypermotard was priced at close to $ 15,000.
Official unveiling of the motorcycle will happen at the Milan International Motorcycle show. For now, you can enjoy photos of this littel brother to the 1100 Hypermotard here.