On the eve of losing Valentino Rossi (the ultimate brand ambassador/bike salesman), Ducati has resorted to subtle updates, colour changes and a general jazzing-up of its already Gucci range to sit alongide the already-previewed Multistrada. After its barnstorming entry last year, the 1199 Panigale gets all pearly white with this Arctic shade available on both the base model and the S version – the £25k Tricolore remains unchanged. We could dedicate an entire website to the Panigale’s technology, electronics and its multitude of adjustment, but the monocoque chassis and bonkers Superquadro motor are unchanged for 2013. Still, Ducati has sold 10% of the 1199’s production run in the UK, and the sexy white will only ignite further purchases. You don’t need The Doctor to sell you a Panigale…
Unfortunately, there’s no 899 Panigale just yet. But Ducati’s entry-level ‘Superbike’ – the 848 EVO – is dressed in official Corse test team colours for next season. The red trellis frame is caged by some matt black and grey fairings, and there’s also the addition of a brand-new aluminium tank that reduces weight by 1kg, and increases fuel capacity by 2.5 litres to an 18L tank. Hopefully we’ll see more than 100 miles to a tank!
On the naked side of Bologna, 2013 sees the 20th anniversary of the iconic Monster family, so that means special birthday colours for the 696, 796 and 1100 EVO.
Aesthetically, the frame, brakes and some other chassis parts receive exclusive finishing, and there’s some detailing changes to the mirrors and seat cover. Hopefully we’ll see a 1199 Streetfighter for 2014.
Introduced in 2010, the Diavel also get some new paint for next year. The standard Diavel is available in matt black, metallic blue and Ducati red, and sits alongside the stuning Diavel Carbon, which also comes in carbon red. The massive cruiser that thinks it’s (and behaves like) a superbike just got sexier.