Ducati Unveils The SuperQuadro Engine

In a classic case of race technology moving to street motorcycles. Ducati unveiled his new V-Twin Engine dubbed the SuperQuadro (super square) claiming to have squeezed 195 bhp and 98 lbs of torque from the 1199 cc liquid-cooled v-twin engine.

The recipe? A bore of 112 mm and stroke of 60.8 mm with larger titanium valves and forged pistons letting the engine rev harder.  Of course the engine uses the iconic Desmodromic valve system which uses a mechanical system to close the valves rather than rely on a spring. Ducati claims its new motor is the most powerful V-twin production engine. Any company to challenge this statement?

21 Responses to “Ducati Unveils The SuperQuadro Engine”

  1. 1 Luis Oct 11th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Looks good. I’ll wait for the 2nd iteration. Last thing I want is the flaking rocker arms or expanding gas tank scenarios that come w/ the italians.

  2. 2 fuji Oct 11th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Mr. Buell stated that his latest is putting out over 220 plus pony’s. wonder who is right and who’s dyno is correcct.

  3. 3 Luis Oct 11th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Is it 220 in smog legal format?

  4. 4 fuji Oct 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Luis . You brought up a good point.

    The reference I made possibly / more than likely is for a race version which would stand to reason. I know very little about it at this time.


  5. 5 Magic Butt Oct 11th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow a liquid cooled V-Twin making outrageous horsepower. To bad we’ll never see that kind of engineering coming out of Milwaukee!

  6. 6 Keith Stone - Kiki & Angel Oct 12th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Milwaukee tested the waters with the VRod motor… How do “Harley Riders” feel about the VRod?

    This Desmodromic engine is bad ass !

  7. 7 Hungouver Oct 12th, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Magic, shut up and buy your Chineeze flashlight with TWO logos on it! LOL

  8. 8 Magic Butt Oct 12th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Hungover, did you find some Syn3 in your Koolade? Harley coulda, shoulda, woulda and still
    can but why will they when they can still be shepards?

  9. 9 electroshiro Oct 12th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    On the subject of expanding gas tanks the Italians don’t have a monopoly on this. The Harley XR1200 also suffers from this real bad.

  10. 10 izadore007 Oct 12th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    HD has Designed the V-Rod with Porsche to turn 165 hp without any major work at allm they originally were supose to release that engine in 2003

  11. 11 Jared Oct 12th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    No doubt impressive – Ducati always is. However, I think Horex and its newly developed proprietary motor will be something to watch very closely. Not apples compared to apples in this case but definitely fruit of the highest quality. Very exciting.

  12. 12 hoyt Oct 12th, 2011 at 11:58 am


    so, is your comment meant to exacerbate how the Revolution platform ended up?

    “yeah, we coulda done that, but we made it slower and heavier. you guys wanna buy it?”

  13. 13 Magic Butt Oct 12th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hoyt, that’s what the MOCO is all about. Superior paint, chrome and maketing in conjunction with
    out of date designs and out of touch mangement.

  14. 14 Vrat Oct 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Apparently Kawasaki disagrees with this. They released their numbers for the ZX-14R. The Ninja puts out 197.4 horsepower and 119.9 foot pounds of torque. With ram air, it’s 207.2 horsepower.

  15. 15 Vrat Oct 12th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    However the Ninja is a in line 4 not a Vtwin

  16. 16 David Oct 12th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    And just excatly where can we use all this HP……riding down to the local starbucks or maybe on that twisty back road when the car or truck coming from the other direction has a driver that is talking or texting on their phone? Maybe just on track days but those are far and few between or in a distant state. Just give me something that will get out of it’s own way and an open road on which to ride.


  17. 17 sollis Oct 12th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    David not many people testing HP on the streets, but they do at strarbucks with hot cofee in they hands, even atthe track days you dont see many ducati bikes seems like people like more japs for racing and ducati for posing , maybe its the high cost of the maintenance and parts

  18. 18 1550tc Oct 13th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    the 1000 bmw cranks out close to those numbers with a 1000 cc engine

  19. 19 sollis Oct 13th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    1000 rr is four in line motor none of the bmw motors are v twin I have k1200r and thats only 173 hp

  20. 20 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Ducati’s claim for the new SuperQuadro being most powerful V-twin production engine … has to be qualified as it being a..”normally aspirated street legal production engine.”

    The Buell Racing 1250cc race twin is not a street legal engine, and in street trim only makes about 160hp.

    Comparing the 1199cc Ducati V-Twin to a 1000cc BMW in-line four cylinder or Kawasaki ZX14000 which makes close to 200hp in street trim is not relevant to this discussion. But just so you know, in World Superbike where the current Ducati 1198 Testastretta engine runs with intake restrictors and makes only 200hp in race trim, the unrestricted BMW and other inline-4s make 140-150ho. Still the well underpowerd Ducati V-twins have won more races than any other brand are the World Champions again in 2011, thanks to their impressive handling and a more useable powerband that can manage tire wear over the course of a race.. BMW has not won any races in WSB.

    Next year, 2013, Ducati will release the 1199R street legal homologation bike to qualify the bike for 2013 World Superbike, and in street legal form it will make an additional 10-20hp = 205-215 street legal horsepower.

    In unrestrricted race trim the new Ducati 1199 RS should make around 250hp at the first races of the year.
    After which the WSBK engine intake and bike minimum weight restrictions will kick in based on their percentage of wins, to try and keep the bikes on a level playing field.

    In all forms of racing today, horsepower, weight, tire size and aerodynamic restrictions are placed on all the cars and motorcycles to control the speed and keep the different brands competitive against each other. NASCAR and LeMans cars were faster 40 years ago then they are today.

  21. 21 barsen Oct 18th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    195 bhp, ….give me a break…what the hell am i gonna do with all that hp. Way too much cross over from racing machines to street motorcycles through out motorcycle media these days. Give me a H-D anyday, not interested in being silly boy racer Rossi wannabe!!!!

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