Ducati has introduced the 2021 SuperSport in two trims – the standard and the S, priced at Rs 13.49 lakh and Rs 15.49 lakh, respectively. The SuperSport S comes with uprated Ohlins suspension components.
Earlier in the year, Ducati announced the launch of 12 products. So far, the Italian brand has already brought in two new models – the Streetfighter V4 and, more recently, the Multistrada V4 – in addition to a few updated models. Now, the company has brought in the 2021 BS6 iteration of the SuperSport 950. The fully-faired offering has been launched in two trims – the standard and the S, priced at Rs 13.49 lakh and Rs 15.49 lakh, respectively. For reference, the outgoing SuperSport 950 went on sale in India in September 2017 and was priced at Rs 12.08 lakh for the Standard and Rs 13.39 lakh for the S trim.
Ducati has reworked the design of the SuperSport to bring it in line with the larger and more powerful Panigale. Its headlight is now a split unit, with adjoining small air intakes. The fairing has been redesigned, too, and now gets more prominent air ducts. While the standard and the S trim look largely identical, the latter gets a cowl for the pillion seat.
Behind the fairing, the 937cc L-twin motor remains the same, but it has been updated to meet the new Euro 5/BS6 emission norms. The liquid-cooled motor puts out 108.6bhp and max torque of 93Nm. The motor comes paired with a 6-speed transmission with a bi-directional quick-shifter. This feature was previously only available in the S trim but will now feature on the standard model as well. The SuperSport S also gets the benefit of the uprated fully adjustable Ohlins suspension components – the standard trim, on the other hand, comes with Marzocchi forks and a Sachs monoshock.
Ducati has now fitted the SuperSport with a 4.3-inch colour TFT display dash on both variants, which also come with a more comprehensive electronics suite, including cornering ABS, lean-sensitive traction control, three riding modes (Urban, Touring and Sport), and wheelie control.
While the larger Panigales may be too powerful, extreme, and out of reach for many, the SuperSport has always offered a good balance of performance and usability. This time around, however, the pricing may be a cause of concern for Ducati, given the competition in the middle-weight superbike space.