Saving the finest for their native show, Ducati has just unveiled yet more 2013 sexiness that includes the 1199 Panigale R. Staying true with previous R models, the 1199 gets serious engine treatment and is no doubt a homologation special for WSB/BSB.
The already utterly bonkers Superquadro motor gets titanium con-rods, a lighter flywheel, DLC-coated rocker arms and revised mapping, which, when combined with the Termi’ system, equates to a 3% power hike at the top-end and a massive 15% in the midrange. The redline has also been upped to 12,000rpm. Carlos Checa will be pleased.
The monocoque chassis looks to remain unchanged, but there’s a host of carbon fibre goodies fitted to the R, which helps keep the dry weight down to 165kg, even with the standard-fit ABS. Also fitted from the factory is DDA (Ducati Data Acquisition) for the ultimate trackday gizmo. Prices are yet to be announced but expect the R to be a few quid more than the outgoing, £24k Tricolore model.
The Hypermotard family gets updated for next season and there’s some inter-breeding going on, too. As well as an all-new 110bhp motor, ergonomics have been tweaked to the standard Hyper’ and the SP model. Pressurised Marzocchi forks, an Öhlins shock, sticky Supercorsas, and some much-needed ground clearance give the SP the edge over the base model.
2013 sees the introduction of the Hyperstrada – Ducati’s ‘cross-over’ attempt, combining the Hypermotard’s sheer thrills with a smidgen of the touring capabilities of the Multistrada, hence the imaginative tag.
The Hyperstrada comes with 50 litres worth of luggage (and an optional 31 extra), and some touring-friendly features like improved wind protection, a beefier seat and higher bars. 43mm Kayaba forks and a Sachs shock provide the bump management, and there’s DTC and ABS for safety.
Finally, Ducati’s touring theme continues with the Diavel Strada. A touring screen, higher bars, heated grips (on a Ducati?) and some luggage space complete the mile-munching rout. We’re not sure on this one!