The amazing new Superquadra (“oversquare”) engine is unquestionably the star of the show. Thumbing the starter button unleashes a New World Symphony of desmodromic music, higher-pitched and less gruff than before thanks to the ultra-short-stroke (112 x 60.8mm) engine dimensions. This produces an impressive 195 bhp (claimed) at 10,750 rpm—just 4 bhp less than Carlos Checa’s 2011 World Superbike title-winning 1198, Ducati says—with an appetite for revs that’s frankly addictive. Torque peak remains unchanged at 97 lb.-ft., though now arriving at 9000 rpm, which is 1000 rpm later than before. There isn’t the same massive low-rev hit as before, so you can’t grab any gear and go. The new bike asks you to rev it right out to redline—which is foreshadowed by an infinitely more-legible shift-light on the new dash, followed by a soft-limiter at 11,500 rpm—without any appreciable drop in power, and then use the standard-fitment quick-shifter to bang into the next gear.