Ducati unveiled its entire 2008 model lineup at the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy, last week. New bikes, new accessories and a new line of apparel all form part of the innovative 2008 lineup for the Italian manufacturer.

The 2008 Ducati Monster 696.

The Ducati Monster 696 is a new model. Maintaining its traditional Monster silhouette, the 696 now looks more muscular than ever. Its wide tank tapers to the thin waistline of a comfortable narrow seat ensuring sure-footed confidence for shorter riders. The large diameter Hybrid Trellis frame blends stylishly into an aluminium sub-frame and swingarm while minimalist instrumentation and simple controls at the front of the Monster contrast with twin, bold, Ducati-style mufflers at the rear to enhance its urban-ready image.

The chassis of the new Monster is made up of a new Hybrid Trellis frame with larger diameter tubes; attached to a rear aluminium sub-frame. The front brake system is the envy of its class and becomes the new benchmark for the category with two 320mm discs and four-piston radial calipers.

The engine of the new 696 is an evolution of the previous 695 version. Power output gets a 9 percent boost to 80hp and an 11 percent increase in torque to 50.6 lb-ft. This new engine continues to have the best horsepower per litre ratio of all Ducatis air-cooled units.

For 2008, the Superbike family features two important additions: the introduction of a mid-engine size version, the light and nimble 848, and an extreme racing version for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R which will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship.

For more information, visit DucatiUSA.com.

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