Something intriguing is in the works at the Ducati headquarters, and it takes the form of a single-cylinder engine. Yes, a single-cylinder Ducati Hypermotard has been spotted testing abroad, and if that isn’t thrilling, we don’t know what is.
Ducati appears to be returning to its roots by producing a single-cylinder engine. And, being Ducati, these are almost certainly going to be large engines with serious performance. The one seen above on the Hypermotard is most likely a 659cc motor, which was homologated in the United States in late 2022. The documents indicate that it will have four valves, and the spy photo shows that it is a liquid-cooled mill with a power output of 75-80PS. The spy pictures also show that the bike will include a quick-shifter.
Ducati Hypermotard Design
The spied bike now belongs to the Hypermotard family and gets a gorgeous Supermoto design language, quite similar to its elder sibling, the Hypermotard 950. It has a long beak up front, a sharp fuel tank with front shrouds, a single-piece seat, and lean side and rear body panels. And, yeah, all of the lighting is LED.
Because it’s a Ducati, it has a trellis frame with the engine as the stressed member and an aluminum subframe. Oh, and being a supermoto implies a long travel front fork, which it has, as well as being a USD unit that might be adjustable. The rear is outfitted with a connected gas-charged mono-shock. Aside from that, the disc brakes on both ends are equipped with Brembo calipers. The spied bike, like the larger Hypermotard, has an upright riding stance.
Ducati Hypermotard Launch
The most crucial question is whether it will be launched in India. It is unlikely to appear very soon and will only be available in international markets, where it will compete with the KTM 690 SMC R. Given that this is the first spy photo of the bike, it seems that the launch is scheduled to be in the next year.