Type liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin, DOHC, desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement: 748 cm3
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Horsepower: 106/11000 KW(hp)/RPM
Torque: 55/8700 lb-ft/RPM
Fuel System: EFI (Shower Inj.)
Front: 43mm Ohlins upside-down fork
Rear: Ohlins adjustable monoshock
Front Brake: dual 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear Brake: single 220mm disc, 1-piston caliper
Weight: 423.2 lbs
Top Speed: 158 MPH
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The top of the range model 748 is the 748R, Ducati's racing homologation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivative of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model's traditional throttle bodies, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing.
As such, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different in order to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa titanium nitride (TiN) front forks and a Showa shock absorber. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homologated for use in racing, as well as an oil cooler.
Ducati also produced a very limited run of 748RS machines, which were intended as full racing machines and as such came with no road-going equipment.
The 748R was produced from 2000 through 2002 as a homologation to compete in the World Superbike Championship Series. Ducati built the 748R to compete in the 600 Supersport class, since twins were allowed a 750-cc displacement to compete with the 600-cc four-cylinder machines..
The standard 748 model and its variations were produced from 1995 to 2004.