The 2021 Ducati Supersport 950 has been launched in India at a sticker price that is substantially higher than before. Here is a list of motorcycles that are closely priced to the new Supersport 950 and the corresponding S variant.
The 2021 Ducati Supersport 950 has been launched in India, along with the exclusive Supersport 950 S. The former costs Rs 13.49 lakh, and the latter is priced at Rs 15.49 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom).
Here is a quick recap of the 2021 Supersport 950. The motorcycle gets updated styling, which is more in line with that of the higher-end Panigale series of motorcycles. The electronic suit has been updated as well, and the Supersport 950 now gets an all-digital instrument cluster and Ducati’s connected tech.
The engine on offer is the same 937cc L-twin motor, but this time, the powertrain adheres to the BS6 norms. The power output is 108.6bhp and 93Nm, all of which is sent to the wheel via a six-speed gearbox.
With all the updates, the Ducati Supersport 950 is still an expensive and niche proposition. At this price, there are a few other options, including litre-class supersports, adventure bikes, and even street naked motorcycles.
Aprilia RS660 and Tuono 660
The key rival to the Ducati Supersport 950 is the Aprilia RS660, which is very similarly priced. The RS660 demands Rs 13.39 lakh (ex-showroom), which is affordable than the Supersport 950 by Rs 10,000. The Aprilia RS660 offers two cylinders, a fully-faired design, and a power output close to 100bhp (98.6bhp). For the buyers that are looking for a relaxed and middleweight motorcycle, Aprilia also offers the Tuono 660 at Rs 13.09 lakh (ex-showroom). The power figures are slightly lower than that of its fully-faired sibling.
2021 Kawasaki ZX-10R
At the price of the Ducati Supersport 950 S, one can also opt for the Kawasaki ZX-10R, which is classified as a litre-class supersport. The 2021 ZX-10R is priced very aggressively and retails for Rs 15.14 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kawasaki ZX-10R offers 200bhp and 114Nm of torque, which is almost twice that of the Supersport 950 S. The engine is a 998cc in-line four-cylinder unit, which has undergone heavy revision for this year’s iteration. The ZX-10R also packs features such as five levels of traction control and four riding modes, along with power modes.
Honda Africa Twin
The 2021 Honda Africa Twin starts at Rs 15.96 lakh (ex-showroom). However, only its manual variant is closely priced to the Ducati Supersport 950 S. The Africa Twin DCT (automatic) is priced at Rs 17.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The manual variant of the Africa Twin has the same cycle parts as the automatic variant. The Africa Twin gets a 1,082cc parallel-twin motor, which puts out 97bhp and 103Nm. The versatility of the Africa Twin is such that you can use it effortlessly even on bad roads, unlike the Ducati Supersport 950 S, which is best suited for good quality mountain roads and open highways.
Triumph Tiger 900
Another adventure motorcycle on our list is the Triumph Tiger 900. The GT variant of the Tiger 900 is priced at Rs 13.70 lakh (ex-showroom), which is slightly more than the price of the Ducati Supersport 950. The Tiger 900 Rally Pro, which is the top-spec variant, is similarly priced (Rs 15.50 lakh, ex-showroom) as the Supersport 950 S. In terms of pricing, the Rally variant of the Tiger 900 costs Rs 14.35 lakh (ex-showroom). The engine on offer is an 888cc in-line three-cylinder motor, which puts out 93bhp and 87Nm. Cycle parts include off-road-oriented suspension units, spoke wire wheels, and dual-purpose tyres.