Ducati Futa launched as new electric racing bike, comes with Ducati price

The Ducati Futa has just been unveiled today as the first-ever electric racing bike from the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. The move marks an even stronger push by Ducati into the e-bike industry, expanding its offerings with a new e-bike format.

Unlike the high-end e-MTBs we’ve seen from Ducati before, the new Ducati Futa is purely a road bike – and a race road bike at that. It’s designed to go fast and ride efficiently.

Or as Ducati puts it:

“The carbon fiber monocoque frame has a sports endurance geometry, but with technical choices geared towards aerodynamics and speed. The compact rear seatstay, with lowered sheaths, makes the bike comfortable, while generating less aerodynamic drag. The rear triangle is laterally rigid, precisely thanks to the choice of the position of the sheaths and favors a better transmission of power to the wheel, while increasing the responsiveness of the bike. The downtube, seatpost and fork legs are expertly contoured and their embossments are highlighted by the livery’s color scheme which sees gray and black as the main colors with accents in Ducati Red.

It’s not just designed for those who want to ride fast; the bike is also designed for those with deep pockets. You won’t throw a leg over the Ducati Futa without first shelling out upwards of €7,690 (about US$8,470).

The 12.4 kg (27.3 lb) e-bike comes with a 250 Wh battery, which is pretty standard for lightweight e-road bikes.

There is also a 250 Wh extension battery that can be added to double the range of the bike. It’s another move that’s becoming increasingly common in the e-bike industry, as many companies look for ways to help riders go even further once the main battery is depleted.

With a super-efficient e-bike like this, power consumptions in the ballpark of 3 Wh/km (5 Wh/mi) are common, meaning the Futa’s battery could easily last 80 km (50 miles) in low power mode.

A second battery would of course double this autonomy.

The FSA System HM 1.0 mid-drive motor produces 42NM of torque and provides 250W of electric assist, keeping it at the lighter, less powerful end of the spectrum. It’s just enough to give the rider a nice tailwind without taking up most of the effort.

This mid-drive motor is mated to a K Force WE groupset that features a 2×12-speed wireless electronic shift setup. There is nothing between you and the transmission except air and electromagnetic waves.

There’s also carbon fiber throughout, from the frame to the wheels to the handlebars and even the seatpost. Compensating for the extra bulk of a motor and battery, the carbon fiber creates a strong, stiff frame that sheds as many grams as possible.

Stopping power is provided by K-Force WE hydraulic disc brakes on nice little FSA 160mm rotors. Garmin provides the GPS-enabled remote control.

For those not satisfied with a simple $8.5,000 Ducati race e-bike, a limited-edition Futa is also available.

It will apparently feature even nicer components to shed a few more grams.

As Ducati explains:

“Produced in only 50 numbered copies, the new Futa Limited Edition retains the characteristics of the Futa but is enriched, in addition to the special Ducati Corse livery, with standard components that make it even lighter.

The Futa Limited Edition was created for the most demanding pilots who want to enjoy the best in terms of technological innovation and performance.

How much does the limited edition Futa cost? Well, you know what they say. “If you have to ask…”

But seriously, it’s €11,990 (about US$13,200).

Ducati is of course no stranger to electric two-wheelers.

The company has dragged its feet on electric motorcycles for years, only committing to producing them after apparently learning electric racing motorcycles from Energica and supplanting them as the sole supplier to the FIM racing series. Moto E.

After the announcement, Ducati said its work on racing electric motorcycles would also lead to consumer electric motorcycles.

Testing the waters before committing to a full-scale electric motorcycle, Ducati has lent its name to a series of e-scooters and e-bikes.

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