Back in the day, Ducati made a habit of sending off outgoing models with special, “Final Edition” (FE) offerings. Though nothing official has been stated, rumors have been swirling that the 848 EVO will be discontinued soon. And though this stunning new 848 EVO Corse is tagged with an SE, not FE, suffix, it packs all the right upgrades and even the proper silver color that once denoted a Final Edition. But regardless whether the 848 EVO returns for another year or bows out, this 848 EVO Corse SE looks absolutely spectacular in its matte black/matte grey “Test Team” livery, contrasted with a bright red trellis frame and genuine, brushed-aluminum fuel tank.
In addition to the EVO-spec Testastretta Evoluzione L-twin engine that pounds out a stout 140 horsepower and 72.3 lb.-ft. torque (both claimed), the Corse SE also arrives with an Ohlins rear shock (the fork is from Showa), eight-level-adjustable Ducati Traction Control, a Ducati Quick Shifter, and Brembo Monoblock brakes paired with 330mm floating discs. Weighing in at a claimed 370 pounds dry, this will be Ducati’s lightest sportbike. This ultimate-edition 848 will be priced at $14,995; just $1000 more than the base 848 EVO that is available in more conventional Ducati Red, Stealth Black, or Arctic White schemes.