The 1198S, has been announced by Ducati as the bike that 'sets the standard for lightweight performance', by reducing unsprung weight.
With a lower dry weight (169kg for the S as opposed to 171kg for the standard model), and upgraded Öhlins suspension, the focus is clearly on getting the best handling package together.
The new model also comes standard with DDA (Ducati Data Analyser), and DTC (Ducati Traction Control).
The DDA package enables the retrieval and analysis of data collected from your previous track session or road trip, while the DTC monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear wheel-spin under acceleration and electronically reduces engine power to restore traction.
The engine specifications remain unchanged from the standard 1198.