Even for a top-of-the-range Ducati, this is something very special. Previous R models of the 998 and 999 had the usual trick bits and a pinch more power. The 1098R is in another league.
Ducati claim 180bhp and 165kg, making it their lightest machine and the most powerful production twin ever. A walloping 134Nm gives the highest torque-to-weight ratio on sale too. Based on the claimed 160bhp of the 1098 translating into 145bhp at the wheel, we can expect the 1098R to make a real 165bhp. That