Ducati has surprised us once again. The Italian firm has announced a new road single-cylinder engine called Superquadro Mono. It is a 77 BHP powerplant that will set a new benchmark in the category with its performance.
Ducati has come up with this new 659 cc single-cylinder engine 30 years after the legendary Supermono 550. It is based on the Panigale 1299 engine, the 1285 cc Superquadro, which represents the maximum evolution of the Ducati street-legal twin-cylinder.
Ducati Superquadro Mono Engine Details
It inherits the 116 mm diameter piston from the Panigale engine, the shape of the combustion chamber, the 46.8 mm diameter titanium intake valves, the 38.2 mm steel exhaust valves and the Desmodromic system.
The record bore of 116 mm allows the adoption of large diameter valves to benefit performance, which however would not be possible without the Desmodromic system. This system, which Ducati also uses on the MotoGP bikes, allows the limits imposed by the valve springs to be overcome, enabling extreme valve lift laws. In this way, the Desmodromic system contributes significantly both to performance and to the possibility of reaching very high rotation speeds.
Thanks to these solutions, the Superquadro Mono delivers a maximum power of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm, and is capable of reaching 10,250 rpm, values never achieved before by a road single-cylinder. The torque, whose maximum value is 62 Nm at 8,000 rpm, is distributed in a particularly favourable manner, resulting in linear and exploitable power delivery.
In racing configuration with Termignoni exhaust, this single-cylinder is finally able to reach the incredible maximum power value of 85 hp at 9,500 rpm.
The transmission relies on a six-speed gearbox with racing ratios derived from the experience gained with the Panigale V4. The gearbox can be equipped with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up & Down.