Ducati India has announced that it will launch the new Hypermotard 950 in India on 12 June. Unveiled at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the 2019 iteration of the Hypermotard packs revised styling and updated electronics.
In terms of styling, the front fascia of the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard features a 'beak' design along with a compact headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL). The new Hypermotard 950 comes with wider handlebars, slimmer sides and a new seat. To ensure that the feet are placed firmly on the ground, the 2019 Hypermotard’s inner leg curve measurement has been shortened by 53 mm than its predecessor. The back of the motorcycle features twin under-seat tailpipes and a rear Trellis sub-frame – features that were seen on the 2009 Hypermotard 796 (remember the chase scene from Knight and Day?).
Apart from appearing compact, the 2019 Hypermotard 950 is 4 kg lighter than the previous model. The reduction in weight was contributed by the new frame, new rims, lightweight Marzocchi forks with aluminium fork bodies/tubes and brake discs with aluminium flanges among others.
In terms of engine specifications, the new Hypermotard 950 features a renewed 937 cc Testastretta 11° twin that makes 4 hp more than the model it replaces. The motor, on the 2019 model, delivers 114 hp of max power at 9,000 rpm and a max torque of 96 Nm (9.8 kgm) at 7,250 rpm. Ducati claims that 80% of peak torque is available at 3,000 rpm while 88% is available between 5,000 and 9,000 rpm.
The comprehensive electronic suite uses a Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU). The electronics package on the 2019 Hypermotard 950 includes the following:
- Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function (with setting 1)
- Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (comes as standard on the 950 SP version while it can be added to the standard 950 as an accessory)
Ducati also offers a higher performance Hypermotard 950 SP in the international market, and we expect to see it in India. The SP badge brings dedicated graphics, flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension, increased lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.
The Hypermotard 950 is also available with Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) to a smartphone via Bluetooth and manage functions like incoming calls, text messaging and music via switchgear.