World premiere of the latest member of the Diablo family at the first flagship P Zero Moda Store

Initially produced in 120/70ZR17 front and 200/55ZR17 rear sizes, the tire will be available in both the compound version, to be showcased during the 2012 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, as well as the race replica road going version

Pirelli has announced the world premiere of the new Diablo Supercorsa, the Italian maker’s new tire perfect for professional riders and motorcyclists who have a sporty riding style but love the racetrack as well. The newest member of the Diablo family is being presented at EICMA 2011 at the first flagship P Zero Moda store (opened this past September on the famed Corso Venezia in Milan). The Diablo Supercorsa will initially be produced in 120/70ZR17 front and 200/55ZR17 rear sizes and will be used in 2012 as the SC (Special Compound) version for riders in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup.  These same sizes will also be available in an SP (Sport Production) race replica version suitable for daily use on the road.

Pirelli will progressively introduce this new tire – first in the racing world with the release of the compound version that will be used in the FIM Superstock 1000 FIM Cup starting next year and next as an expansion of the available range at the end of 2012.  This will allow the introduction of a broader range of racing sizes to extend use of the new tire in various national championships where Pirelli now competes. Finally in early 2013, the road going race replica version will be made available in the common 180/55, 190/55 and 190/50 size for the rear.

The street version of the Diablo Supercorsa (SP) is a concentration of technology taken from the experience and racing heritage acquired by Pirelli in its role as sole supplier of the Superbike World Championship since 2004 and is a tire for street use – offering performance typical of racing products for exclusive use on track.  This will give the user a unique ultra-high performance product that can be used on the street or the track without the need to compromise.

First to showcase this tire and its excellent qualities is Ducati, who, also due to the close collaboration with Pirelli’s research and development center, has selected the new Diablo Supercorsa in its street version (SP) to equip its all-new 1199 Panigale, adopting the same measures of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup (120/70 and 200/55).

The new Diablo Supercorsa, compared to the previous version, has a rear profile calibrated with approximately 2 mm more side edge and 4 mm more diameter in the center for increased support under braking and to make riding more intuitive and precise in maintaining the line. The rear tire has been completely revamped and improved upon in order to increase contact area, grip, the speed of lean-in and handling overall.

The structures and compounds of the Diablo Supercorsa are derived from its predecessor’s use in WSBK racing activities and optimize the performances instilled by the profiles. In particular, the 200/55ZR17 rear tire is built with a high modulus carcass and features a dual-compound tread using new polymers to offer quick warm-up and a solid grip in all conditions. The result of this match between the two new profiles of the front and rear is an increased handling and agility overall.

The new dual-compound tread pattern of the race replica version is characterized by long longitudinal grooves which begin at the central area of the profile and reach the tire shoulder to ensure the regularity of wear even during more severe use. The shoulder of the tire remains ‘naked’, a distinctive line of Diablo, for sport use on the road which demands maximum grip.

Beyond the demonstrated technological characteristics, the new Diablo Supercorsa SP does not compromise the customizable ultra-modern and timeless look that has characterized the latest products presented in Pirelli’s Diablo range. The new Supercorsa also permits tire customization through the application of special labels to dedicated areas on the sidewalls of the front and rear tires made to accommodate the labels, which anyone can freely create on Pirelli’s website and have shipped directly their home (service currently available in Europe and Australia).

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