1999 Ducati 996SPS #371
Following on from the historic success of Ducati’s iconic 916, in 1999 Ducati increased the Desmoquattro engine to 996cc and for WSB Homologation, produced 500SPS models. While the Strada & Biposto models received negligible upgrades, the SPS got plenty of fruit; a more powerful engine that weighed less than the 916 thanks titanium internals & larger 98mm pistons, larger valves, a stronger crankshaft and the stronger 916SPS crankcases machined to accept the larger barrels. The peaky 916 cam profile was modified to delivery more torque at less revs; the 916SPS produced 83.5 kW (112.0 hp) whereas the 996SPS made 92.4 kW (123.9 hp). Other improvement were a revised air intake system, larger air with two fuel injectors per cylinder. A new airbox and a larger exhaust system, and lots of oem carbon accessories.
In addition to engine upgrades, the SPS frame was also improved, and it received lighter, stronger wheels and improved Brembo Goldline calipers, and stronger discs & brake pads compared to the 916. While the suspension system was still the same Showa design, both front and back were now fully adjustable for damping and preload.
The 996SPS presented here is an Australian delivered model that has a Foggy decal kit fitted. Pics show before and after having the graphics fitted, so if preferred this can be returned easily to oem appearance without any concern to paint. The current owner purchased this bike in 2000 and at that time it had zero k’s as it had been on permanent display in a Gold Coast Club. All the owner handbooks, service manual have been retained, along with the original marketing brochure.
A definite collectible that will increase in value yearly. First to see will buy!!
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