With the official unveiling of the Panigale 1299 today at the EICMA show in Milan, Ducati has officially announced that the Italian power-house will crack the 200-horsepower mark. Giddy up!
The new Panigale 1299 sets new standards in the superbike fraternity, with a claimed 205 hp at 10,500 rpm and a terrific 106.7 pound-feet of torque at 8,750 rpm. Simply put, there is nothing like that on two wheels, with the possible exception of the new supercharged special from Japan.
For more agile steering response, Ducati has given the new Panigale 1299 24 degrees of steering rake, which is a mere half-degree less than the 1199. Also, as before, there is a Panigale 1299 and a Panigale 1299 S. The S bumps up the hardware quotient with electronically managed semi-active suspension featuring an inverted fork. Brakes on both bikes are by Brembo, with M50 calipers acting upon a pair of 330mm front discs.
To tame all that power and torque, the electronics suite is the most complete in production today, and the headlights are full LED units.
The Panigale model line is completed by the baby brother the 899, which is basically unchanged for 2015.
The most exciting Superbike on the market today, just what every fan has ever dreamed of. 116mm bore, 1285cc displacement, 205hp, 144.6Nm torque and weighing in at 179.5 kg. Numbers that speak loud and clear.