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Ducati To Launch Monster 696 In India


Ducati Moster 696 India

Ducati is contemplating the launch of its entry level sportsbike, the Monster 696 in India in the near future. Ducati already sells its bigger brother, the Asia-specific, Monster 795 in India and has quite a good response. Now with popularity of bigger bikes growing in India and the Asian market becoming more and more important for the bigger manufacturers, Ducati has joined the league of companies that are launching smaller capacity bikes which offer super thrills at affordable prices.

The Ducati Monster 696 shares almost all components with the 795. It has the same wheelbase of 1450 mm, saddle height of 770 mm, alloys, tyres, brakes as well as the fuel tank with 15-litre capacity. The 696 weighs just 2 kgs less than the 795. The Monster 696 is powered by a 696cc L-twin Desmodromic valve train engine which is air-cooled. This engine produces 79 BHP of power at 9000 RPM and 69 Nm of torque. This motorcycle is the perfect combination of speed, thrills and value for money.

The Ducati Monster 696 having an engine capacity of less than 800cc gets exempted from the recent tax hike which was increased from 60 to 75 percent. Ducati will assemble the 696 at its plant in Thailand just like the 795 and directly import it into India. The Italian company is analyzing the possibilities to launch the Monster 696 at the best possible price. We expect the bike to cost around Rs. 6-6.5 lakh when it is launched. The exact details of the launch dates are not yet available.

Ducati Moster 696

Source – Autocar Professional

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  • karikor

    I hope Ducati decides to produce a made-for-Asia 695 model in Thailand, so that it can utilize the trade pact India shares with Thailand and assemble this in India with a price tag (hoping and praying) around 4-4.5 lakhs. This is definitely more practical than the 803cc 795. I also hope they come with a faired version of the 695. Lowering the seat height by another 10-20mm and cutting weight by another few kilos and at the same time tuning tge engine to produce a little less power (say 75bhp) will make this model attractive not just for the Indian male biker but even for the Indian bikernis.

  • karikor

    Two years from now, I can see Ducati develop 500-600cc models to attract developing markets. And who knows they may even go down to 400cc or maybe even smaller 250cc models. The new mantra now is ‘ Small is Big’.

  • karikor

    I hope Ducati brings in the more affordable made-in-Australia 50bhp Ducati Monster 659 into India.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Wait for 5 years, Ducati will start making a 250cc.

  • Sunny Soral

    795 has good response? guys…they haven’t delivered a single bike since expo launch…moreover…696 was on sale in India…only when 795 came and was cheaper than it…they stopped selling 696 here…come on…get your details checked…but yes…IF Ducati manages to sort out the EPIC disaster their Indian importer Mr. Chabria has caused….

    Still if this news is even close to reality…then it would be welcome…only if.it is priced in the Ninja 650r category…or else still the 795 ( ‘which cant be booked and will apparently never be delivered if you booked one)’ at expected hike to 7 lakhs..still sounds good atleast on paper….DUCATI…get your act together in India…and next year Audi will be even happier…

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Sunny, 796 got good response from buyers, there were many interested although I have heard lots of stories of unavailability and last I checked, bookings were closed.

  • Anupam

    when 696 is going to be launched? Any idea about the price? and how about service network? Can anyone tell me.