The Hypermotard 698 Mono isn’t just a mechanical marvel; it’s a visual masterpiece. Embracing a racing aesthetic with sharp lines and a slim profile.
In a bold move that revives the echoes of history, Ducati proudly introduces the 2024 Hypermotard 698 Mono, a two-wheeled marvel that resurrects the glory of single-cylinder engines after a three-decade hiatus. Channeling the spirit of the Panigale lineage, this compact powerhouse marries peak performance and cutting-edge technology, promising riders an adrenaline-packed journey on the open road.
At the core of the Hypermotard 698 Mono is the Superquadro Mono, a 659cc single-cylinder engine that defies expectations. Boasting a claimed 77.5 hp at an exhilarating 9,750 rpm and a peak torque of 46.5 lb-ft at 8,000 rpm, this powerhouse introduces unheard-of performance for a single-cylinder engine. Derived from the legendary 1299 Panigale’s Superquadro V-Twin, this engine inherits a 116mm bore and a longer 62.4mm stroke, resulting in a displacement of 659cc. With titanium intake, steel exhaust valves, and Ducati’s iconic Desmodromic valve timing, the Superquadro Mono delivers a symphony of power. Opting for the Termignoni exhaust boosts the power even further to a staggering 84.5 hp.
The Hypermotard 698 Mono isn’t just a mechanical marvel; it’s a visual masterpiece. Embracing a racing aesthetic with sharp lines and a slim profile, the design exudes an aggressive allure. A tall and flat seat, high front mudguard, sharp tail section, compact LED headlight, and double silencers mounted high on the tail complete the captivating look. The upmarket RVE version takes it a step further with a “Graffiti” livery adorned with striking black and red graphics.
Ducati’s commitment to lightweight design takes center stage in the Hypermotard’s steel trellis frame. Crafted with precision, various sections and thicknesses contribute to a frame weight of a mere 16 lb. Additional weight-saving measures include cast-aluminum rims, brake discs with aluminum flanges, and an aluminum double-sided swingarm. With an empty fuel tank, the Hypermotard tips the scales at a feathery 333 lb, ensuring a nimble and responsive ride.
With a tall seat height of 35.6 inches and a flat seat covered in grip fabric, the Hypermotard ensures a commanding view of the road. The fully adjustable inverted 45mm Marzocchi fork in the front offers 8.5 inches of travel, while the fully adjustable Sachs monoshock in the rear provides 9.8 inches of travel. Braking prowess is delivered by the Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial-mount caliper, clenching a 330mm front brake disc and a 240mm disc at the rear. The Hypermotard cruises on 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires.
The Hypermotard 698 Mono is not just a beast on the road; it’s a tech-savvy companion. The 3.8-inch LCD display, adorned with white characters on a black background, hosts an array of rider aids. From cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and engine brake control to power launch, this Ducati offering is a digital marvel. The RVE version comes standard with a bi-directional quickshifter, available as an option on the standard model.
Select your adventure with riding modes designed for Sport, Road, Urban, and Wet conditions. Each mode fine-tunes traction control, engine brake control, and ABS levels, ensuring optimal performance in diverse scenarios. Notably, the Hypermotard is the first Ducati to offer four levels of ABS, integrating Slide-by-Brake functionality for controlled cornering. From Level 4’s maximum assistance for low-grip conditions to Level 1’s expert mode with ABS active only in the front, Ducati empowers the rider to dictate the experience.
Elevate your ride with the Hypermotard’s four levels of wheelie control. From the least front-wheel lift in Level 4 to the most lift in Level 1, Ducati offers a spectrum to suit individual riding styles. For the daring, the Ducati Performance software, available with the Termignoni Ducati Performance exhaust, introduces Wheelie Assist. Regulating engine torque based on front-wheel height, this feature, although not street legal, adds an extra dimension to off-road adventures.
The 2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono, draped in Ducati Red, is priced at $12,995. For those seeking exclusivity, the RVE version, featuring Graffiti graphics, a black frame, and a standard quickshifter, is available for $14,495. Both versions are set to hit dealerships in February 2024.