New Ducati SuperSport 950 and 950S set for February launch

DRAWING inspiration from the world of racing competition, Ducati has unveiled the 2021 SuperSport 950 and SuperSport 950S, reinforcing the DNA of performance that is synonymous with their motorcycles.

A revised design, enriched with electronic equipment and gear, will feature in 2021, with new fairings designed by the Ducati Style Centre giving the bike more sportiness, dynamism, fluidity in shapes, and a strong and decisive resemblance to the Panigale V4.

The front view is dominated by the new full-LED headlamp with daylight DRL, which clearly recalls the light signature of the Panigale V4. The headlamp is completed by two bi-function LED modules for low beam and high beam that create a symmetrical look.

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The SuperSport 950 is powered by the 937cc Ducati Testastretta 11-degree twin-cylinder engine, revised to comply with Euro 5 standard. The interventions on the exhaust system and the engine control system have not changed its character either.

From the full-bodied delivery at all revs, and the maximum power and torque values, the new 950 offers 82kW (110hp) of power and 93Nm of torque.

The oil bath clutch is now activated by the new hydraulic control, with self-bleeding radial pump equipped with an adjustable lever. The SuperSport 950 also relies on the latest evolution of the Ducati trellis frame, which uses the engine as a load-bearing element.

This is combined with an elegant single-sided aluminium swingarm. The front is equipped with a Marzocchi fork with 43mm diameter stanchions, the rear with a Sachs shock absorber.

The Brembo brake system consists of M4-32 monobloc radial callipers that act on two 320mm diameter discs, operated by a self-bleeding radial pump with separate reservoir and adjustable lever.

At the rear, there’s a 245 mm diameter disc, with a Brembo two-piston calliper. It’s fitted with three-spoke alloy wheels with a sporty Y design that fit the 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso III at the front and 180/55 ZR 17 at the rear.

The SuperSport 950 is equipped with electronic controls based on information from Bosch’s 6-axis inertial platform, capable of instantly detecting the bike’s roll, yaw, and pitch angles in space.

The electronic package consists of Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Quick Shift EVO, and Ducati Wheelie Control EVO; a new feature on this model that characterises its sporting nature.

The electronic settings are adjusted via the menu of the new 4.3-inch full-TFT display with graphics and interface, inspired by that of the Panigale family.

The SuperSport 950 range also includes the 950 S version, equipped with fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and passenger seat cover. Both can be customized by drawing on the Ducati Performance accessories and packages catalogue.

The SuperSport 950 is available in Ducati Red, and for those that want the S version, it is available in the same colour, or Arctic White Silk. Both will be available in Ducati dealers from February 2021. A de-powered version of the SuperSport is also available.

Pricing for the 2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 will start at $19,390 ride away, with the SuperSport 950S priced at $21,850 ride away. For further details, see your local Ducati dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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