The Euro IV-compliant successor to the Ducati Monster 821 has been spotted undergoing testing in Europe. Rumoured to be christened Monster 939, this model will be positioned between the upcoming air-cooled Monster 802 and the Monster 1200.
Though aesthetics retain the quintessential streetfighter looks, the headlamp sports a slightly revised shape and integrates an LED strip in the centre. Turn indicators have been repositioned and the seat has also been revised. The biggest change though, is the new single-sided swingarm similar to the one in the litre-class Monster 1200.
Powering the Monster 939 is a bored version of the Monster 821’s Testastretta L-twin engine. Despite the significant jump in displacement, this engine is just one bhp more powerful than its smaller iteration, a step taken to make it Euro IV compliant. The engine’s torque though, has received a significant boost of 10Nm, reflecting a 10 per cent improvement in pulling power. It also gets a new crankshaft, pistons, cylinders, cylinder heads and an updated core for water to flow through. The compression ratio has been raised to 13.1:1 as well. This engine is currently employed in the Hypermotard 939 and will also make its way into the Supersport 939.
The spy shot hints that the Monster 939 is very close to its production stage. We can expect it to debut at the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan, Italy, in November along with the new Monster 902 and the Supersport 939. In India, we can expect the Monster 939 to demand an additional premium of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh over the Monster 821, taking into account the new swing arm and the mechanical upgrades.