A photograph has emerged of what is reported to be a new, smaller version of the  Ducati Streetfighter featuring the company’s 848 engine.

The photograph, posted by a user on the Ducati.ms forum, was reportedly snapped outside Ducati’s factory in Bologna.

The banana yellow motorcycle sports a five-bolt hub on the rear wheel, similar to the Ducati 848EVO, whereas the current 1098cc Streetfighter has a six-bolt rear hub (pictured below from our 2009 Ducati Streetfighter review).

Also different is a new front end which, according to Ducati News Today, appears to use a upside-down Marzocchi fork and Brembo radial-mount calipers similar to the Ducati Monster 1100EVO. The larger Streetfighter  has Ohlins forks with a Brembo monobloc, so the 848 version will be priced quite a bit lower than its older sibling.

An official announcement is expected in September.

[Source: Ducati.ms via Ducati News Today]