Leaked Images! The 2017 Ducati 939 Supersport S
We did say that Ducati were going to unveil a couple of new models at some point during the World Ducati Week event in Misano – and thankfully, some pictures have managed to surface. Despite the fact that the small unveiling had a strict no camera policy, some opportunistic Ducatisti managed to snatch a few picture for our viewing pleasure. Whilst on display at the event, it was codenamed the Project 1312; however, many people are speculating that the Project 1312 is actually the new Supersport model that we’re expecting to hit the dealerships sometime in 2017.
Luckily, this speculation has been confirmed by Product Manager Paolo Quattrino, in an exclusive interview with UK magazine MCN. Here’s what Paolo had to say about the whole thing: “The engine is tuned to be really, really smooth because it’s a sportsbike with road focused performance.
“The bike is brand new, it’s just the frame that comes from XDiavel and Monster trellis frame. There are some components used on other bikes but otherwise it’s a completely new bike.
“The Supersport is not an entry-level sportsbike. That would be a bike for beginners, this is not that. This is a sportsbike designed for the road.
“There will be two models, the Supersport and the Supersport S. The main difference is that the S has Öhlins suspension front and rear, and a removable rear seat cowl.
“The dash is completely new with new functionality, and is ready for the Ducati multimedia system, the same as on Multistrada. The headlamp shape is completely new, the shape was inspired by Panigale but the headlamp has daytime running lights. The exhaust is new as well as the complete fairing.
“This bike is for customers who desire a sportsbike with versatility and with road focus performance. It is for riders who don’t want a bike for trackdays so this is a bike that is sporty and at the same time comfortable in terms of seating position. It is not in the Panigale family.
“In terms of performance and price performance it is a step behind the 959 Panigale, but it is a completely different family, the only link between the two is sportiness.
“We made this because we wanted to target the customer who loves sportsbikes and wants street legal performance of one. This is designed for the road. It is still truly a sportsbike but for the road. We investigated the market and saw very interesting potential for these types of customers.
“The displacement is the same as the Hypermotard 939, but the problem is we applied mechanical modification and electronic tuning of the engine and even the attachment of the engine to the frame is different. With this frame, the engine is a stressed element. So it is 939 displacement, but not really the same engine, because 80% of it is new.”
On top of that, MCN have continued to report that the Supersport S will feature ABS as standard, three distinct rider modes (sport, touring and urban) which will each be linked to a staggering 8 levels of traction control. The Supersport models will also boast fully adjustable suspension, a single sided swing arm, and Diablo Rosso II rubber.
We’ll have to wait until EICMA to find out the full details, but we’re definitely excited!