If we ever needed more proof there was a brand new Ducati Superbike on the way, then having the words ‘Final Edition’ pegged on to a special release of the current model, should be the last bit of evidence you need!
Yep, we’re expecting a new V4 engined machine to be revealed in just a few shorts month’s time, but until then there’s the 1299 Panigale R ‘FE’ to drool over. And boy, she may be pricey at around £34,000, but she’s more than two thirds of a Superleggera for less than half the cost. In someone’s book, somewhere, that’s probably a bargain!
She weighs in at 168kg dry (190kg fully wet), and makes a claimed 209bhp and 142Nm of torque at the crank.
Here’s some features of the bike:
o Superquadro engine: 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm
o EURO 4 compliant o 2-segment pistons with 116 mm diameter to boost compression ratio
o Lighter crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads
o Increased-diameter titanium intake / exhaust valves
o Cylinder head with specially developed intake and exhaust ducts
o Camshafts with increased lift
o Complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high-mount dual silencer
o Electronic package with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
o Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet)
o Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS and DTC EVO)
o DWC EVO, EBC, DQS up/down
o Öhlins mechanical suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber)
o Öhlins adjustable steering damper
o Forged light alloy wheels
o Auxiliary control keys
o High-permeability air filter
o Automatic tyre calibration and final drive ratio system
o DDA+ GPS and lean angle display o Li-ion battery
Full specs as follows:
We’ll be giving this wee beauty a good thrap soon, so keep an eye out for our report!