Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bimota DB8: More performance, less money

Bimota DB8 - 170bhp Ducati L-twin engine and 23,000 euro price tag. Sounds good to us...

Bimota have released pics and tech specs of their new ‘Biposto’ superbike – the DB8 – which is fitted with the Ducati 1198’s L-twin engine, can seat two people and at 23,000 euros, is 3,000 euros cheaper than the Ducati 1098-engined DB7.

The DB8 is pegged as a more affordable Bimota, though with 170bhp and 131Nm of torque from its Ducati engine, and with a dry weight of 171 kilos, it should certainly not be lacking in the performance department. Of course, it uses materials that are a bit less exotic compared to the DB7’s spec – the carbonfibre bodywork has been replaced with plastic, the exhaust is made of steel rather than titanium and the chassis subframe is now made of steel rather than carbonfibre.

In terms of styling, the Bimota DB8 still looks nowhere near as good as the Ducati 1198, but for fans of the Rimini-based marque, the DB8 could be a good way to enter the hallowed world of Bimota ownership, at a relatively reasonable price…

Bimota DB8 – Tech Specs:

Engine: 1198cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, L-twin
Power: 170bhp@9,750rpm
Torque: 131Nm@8,000rpm
Chassis: Steel tube trellis and aluminium alloy plate hybrid
Suspension: Marzocchi USD forks, Extreme Tech monoshock (both ends fully adjustable)
Brakes: Brembo, twin 320mm discs with four-pistons radial-mount callipers (front), single 220mm disc with twin-piston calliper (rear)
Wet weight: 178kg

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