2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R | FIRST LOOK

Ducati pulls the cover off of the new R model, the most powerful Monster yet.

Today in a special unveiling at the Volkswagen Group Night in Frankfurt, show-goers were treated to a first look at Ducati's new Monster 1200 R, the most powerful member of the Monster lineup. The new Monster 1200 R has been designed for all those who make sports performance their lifestyle and wish to turn each ride into an adrenaline-packed experience without forgoing the essential, practical appeal of a naked model.

Equipped with a 1,198 cc Testastretta 11° DS "R" version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the Ducati naked sports bike concept to the extreme. Compared to the Monster 1200 S engine (see our naked bike shootout "In Thrust We Trust"), Ducati says that the twin-cylinder "R" version will deliver 10 percent more power and 5.5 percent more torque. Its claimed 160 hp and 97 lb-ft torque turn the Monster 1200 R into a naked supersport, capable of holding its own on a race track while making the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes - thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low and medium RPM.

The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 is immediately recognizable in its completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike set-up and technical features are in line with the power rating of its “R” twin-cylinder engine. The latest naked model out of the Ducati factory features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S, for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. At the rear end, grip is guaranteed by the 200/55 x ZR17 size tires.

The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new fully adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear, and separate rider and passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. On paper, the new naked R is lighter than the S version thanks to a new tailpiece, forged wheels and carbon fiber components, all helping to lower the claimed total dry weight down to 397 lb.

The nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available color schemes - Ducati Red and Thrilling Black – give this bike the unmistakable, sophisticated, sport-inspired Ducati touch.

The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the ABS and Ducati Traction Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimize control and improve overall riding safety. This package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different Monster R 'souls' delivered by different settings of the power mode, the ABS and Traction Control systems.

Availability and pricing has not yet been released.