Ducati has unveiled the 2015 Panigale 1299 at the EICMA Show in Milan. Ducati has already revealed its plans to enter the Indian market next year, and chances are, that this flagship motorcycle will also make it to our streets.
Powering the Panigale 1299 is a Superquadro, L-Twin petrol motor producing 205 BHP of power @ 10,500 RPM and 144.6 Nm of torque @ 8,750 RPM. The bike weighs only 190.5 kg. Electronic aids include Ducati Wheel Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) which are automatically calibrated if one changes tyres on the motorcycle. One can chose from three riding modes – Race, Sport and Wet. The superbike also sports a Bosch MSC (Motorcycle Cornering system), and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS).
The bike is built around an aluminium chassis. The Panigale 1299 S variant gets electronically adjustable suspension. The R version is lighter and uses a full Akrapovic exhaust system. That makes a total of three variants of the Panigale 1299 – Standard, S and R. The R variant however continues with the 1198cc engine unit to comply with the WSBK norms.