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New 2009 Ducati Monster 696 - (Australia)

June 6th, 2008

NFI announces the Australian market release of the Monster 696: the totally new and evolutionary Monster model. Shipment to Ducati Dealers and delivery to customers began June 5th.

Ducati Monster 696 represents the beginning of a new Monster era, enhancing the less-is-more philosophy that has made the Monster a global success, legend and icon. Certainly the Monster's most ingenious ingredient has been its wide-spread appeal. With class leading features, quality and safety, the user friendliness of Monster is well recognised and appreciated by beginner through to the most experienced riders.

Everything about Monster has been improved in the 696 - new design, new styling, new technology, less weight, more power. It's Monster .Fast Forward.

With its thinner waistline, low 770mm seat height and shorter reach to higher bars and feather-light controls the ergonomics have been taken care of for all riders - male or female, short or tall, young or mature.

The hybrid chassis design, taken directly from Ducati's MotoGP championship winning experience with Casey Stoner, also features only the highest quality components: Inverted Showa forks, Sachs mono-shock with progressive linkage, Brembo brakes with radial design at the front, and Marchesini 3-spoke wheels. This formidable fitment of the highest quality components puts 696 not only well ahead of all other models in its class, but other manufacturers. With a dry weight of 161kgs, the 696 is also the lightest in its class.

Combined with the light weight is increased power and torque from the Desmo V-Twin engine. Power is increased by 9% to 80hp and torque by 11% to 7kgm. As with all other current Ducati models, the 696 enjoys longer service intervals, reducing costs by up to 50% from previous models.

The 696 is offered in two versions; the 696 and 696+. Both models being identical, the "+" version features the neat micro-bikini fairing and a single seat cover that completes the look of a racing seat.

Both versions of the 696 are available in the same 3 colour options - Red with Red Frame and Black Wheels, White with Matte Black Frame and Black Wheels, Matte Black with Matte Black Frame and Black Wheels.

696 RRP is $12,995 (plus Dealer and Stat Charges) which is the same as the Monster 695 it's replacing. 696+ RRP is $13,595 (plus Dealer and Stat Charges) which represents additional value for the mini fairing and single seat cover. Inclusive of the RRP is 2-Year / Unlimited Kilometre Warranty and 2-Year / 24 Hour Ducati Rider Assist Emergency Service. The 696+ is available now. 696 will be available from approx October onwards.

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