It's safe to say the Hyper has stepped out of the shadows. For 2013, Ducati has fitted it with an 821cc version of the Testastretta 11-degree engine—a four-valve, liquid-cooled, near-superbike powerplant that should push aside devotion to the old desmodue engine. In this displacement, the engine makes a respectable 110 crank horsepower and 65.8 lb.-ft. of torque, according to Ducati. That's 30 bhp down on the 848 Evo, but nearly the same in terms of torque, which peaks an amazing 2000 rpm lower than on the superbike. As Ducati did with the 11-degree engine variant in the Multistrada, tuning for torque and a wide powerband took precedence over peak power. The Hyper's engine has a different bore/stroke ratio than the 848's—88 x 67.5mm for the 821cc engine versus 94 x 61.2mm—and features smaller valves, a lower compression ratio (12.8:1 instead of 13.2:1), and various other tuning tricks to strengthen midrange power, says Ducati. The company is particularly proud of the extended valve-check interval, which is now 30,000 km (18,641 miles).