2023 Ducati Monster SP First Look Preview

The 2023 Ducati Monster SP will lead the Monster lineup.

The 2023 Ducati Monster SP will lead the Monster lineup. (Ducati/)

Ducati will enhance its fourth-generation Monster platform in 2023 with the new Monster SP, a top-of-the-line Monster calibrated for sport-riding performance, with a number of up-spec elements and a reduced curb weight. The bike will start at $15,595.

The Bologna brand started with its current Monster base, which was introduced to the world as a 2021 model. Updates back then were substantial, including a new transmission and quickshifter, a completely new aluminum frame and glass-fiber-reinforced polymer subframe, a slimmer swingarm, new wheels, and a narrower cockpit. On the road, the improved gearbox proved its worth with vastly improved movement through the gears while the weight savings and updated perch contributed to an even more nimble feel.

The 2023 Monster SP takes things a few steps further. Higher-spec Brembo Stylema calipers and new 320mm discs, plus a lithium-ion battery, contribute to a 4.4-pound weight reduction over the standard Monster model.

The 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° L-twin is unchanged, but its power output can be further refined thanks to a new Wet riding mode, which limits the bike to 75 hp and maxes out settings on the Cornering ABS and traction control systems. Its sonic qualities are enhanced as well thanks to the standard Termignoi exhaust.

The agile machine is enhanced by the Öhlins NIX 30 fork and Öhlins shock, both calibrated specifically for the bike and fully adjustable in order to meet the needs of riders in a variety of riding situations, particularly on the track. The standard Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires and steering damper accentuate the Monster SP’s track-ready-out-of-the-box aspect. The 4.3-inch color TFT dash comes with racing graphics inspired by the Panigale V4 as well.

Additional aesthetic touches include a small front fairing and passenger seat cover. The SP will come in a Ducati Red/Racing Red/Amaranth Red/Glossy Black colorway.

2023 Ducati Monster SP Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $15,595
Engine: 937cc, liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° L-twin; 8-valve
Bore x Stroke: 94.0 x 67.5mm
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 53mm throttle bodies; ride-by-wire
Clutch: Wet, multiplate, w/ slipper function and quickshifter
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Aluminum alloy
Front Suspension: 43mm Öhlins NIX 30 USD fork, fully adjustable; 5.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Öhlins shock, fully adjustable; 5.9 in. travel
Front Brake: 4-piston, radial-mount Brembo Stylema Monoblock calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ Cornering ABS
Rear Brake: 2-piston Brembo floating caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast light alloy; 17 x 3.5 in / 17 x 5.5 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Trail: 23.0°/3.4 in.
Wheelbase: 57.9 in.
Seat Height: 33.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 410 lb.
Available: 2023
Contact: ducati.com

The 2023 Ducati Monster SP will be priced at $15,595.

The 2023 Ducati Monster SP will be priced at $15,595. (Ducati/)

The nimble naked gets even better in 2023.

The nimble naked gets even better in 2023. (Ducati/)

A special, homologated Termignoni exhaust comes standard.

A special, homologated Termignoni exhaust comes standard. (Ducati/)

The 4.3-inch color TFT dash draws inspiration from the Panigale V4.

The 4.3-inch color TFT dash draws inspiration from the Panigale V4. (Ducati/)

A lithium-ion battery adds to the overall weight savings.

A lithium-ion battery adds to the overall weight savings. (Ducati/)

A narrow cockpit and better suspension setup promise even more accurate handling.

A narrow cockpit and better suspension setup promise even more accurate handling. (Ducati/)

A small front fairing and passenger seat cover give the SP an exceptionally race-ready look.

A small front fairing and passenger seat cover give the SP an exceptionally race-ready look. (Ducati/)

2023 Ducati Monster SP.

2023 Ducati Monster SP. (Ducati/)

Öhlins suspension front and rear contribute to precise road feel and handling characteristics.

Öhlins suspension front and rear contribute to precise road feel and handling characteristics. (Ducati/)

Comes equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires, standard.

Comes equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires, standard. (Ducati/)

A new Wet riding mode gives riders additional confidence in challenging conditions.

A new Wet riding mode gives riders additional confidence in challenging conditions. (Ducati/)

Higher-spec Brembo braking components improve the Monster SP’s ability to scrub speed.

Higher-spec Brembo braking components improve the Monster SP’s ability to scrub speed. (Ducati/)
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