Ducati 1199 Panigale is the successor of Ducati 1198.1199 Panigale is the flagship Super Bike of Ducati.For making the Panigale Ducati had to go to the drawing board and make a completely new redesign.The new design had helped them to reduce the weight and increase the power output of the bike.Paniglae is the home town of Ducati.So they named the 1199 as 1199 Panigale to honour their home town.Ducati Launched the 1199 Panigale at 2011 EICMA Show in Milan,Italy.
The design of the bike is entirey different from other Ducati Super bikes.This super bike has a new design after 20 years.The previous bikes 1198 1098 and 998 etc all used the same trellis frame work and the design was same with minor teaks in aesthetics and changes in the engine output.But the Panigale is an Exception as it was started from scratch.
Ducati bikes are known for their Exotic and Aggresive in nature.This bike even in standstill can represent aggresiveness combined with beauty.The color choosen for this bike is the Flagship Ducati Red (also Nicknamed as Ferrari Red).The Glossy paint finish was awesome.
The bike was designed to be light weight and also powerful.The hunt for light weight on the bike started from Front headlights.The front Head lights are LED’s previous Ducati Super bike the 1198 had Projector head Lights but projector head lights take more space and also adds weight to the bike.So Ducati turned to LED’s which occupy less space and are less weight and also efficient.This bike also becomes the first bike to feature LED Headlights.
Ducati thought that the Trellis frame which we see on every Ducati bike adds more weight to the bike.As the emphasis of the bike was to achieve light weight.Ducati had gone against their tradition and removed the frame completely from the bike.The fairings and the fuel tank along with the rider’s seat are bolted to the engine.This type of arrangement was seen in Ducati Desmosedici GP 11 Moto GP bike.
The Under seat Exhausts were replaced with Under belly exhausts which ext under the engine adds to the centre of gravity of the bike.As the exhausts requires less pipe work as they exit under the engine this made them weigh less than those of 1198.
The rear disc brakes are on the right hand side which is a Ducati tradition.The large rear dual tail lights with space in the middle can make it feel like they are silencers.The rear tyre has a stylish mud guard.
The digital metre has high resolution TFT display and is derived from Moto GP and was also used on Multistrada and was well received.The digital metre is visible even at night.The Tachometer,Fuel Gauge and riding modes are all present in the Digital meter.The bike has three riding modes Race,Sport and Wet and these modes can be changed when the bike is moving.You can also configure each mode as you wish.
The engine is V-twin with 1199 displacement.The engine produces a maximum peak power of 195hp (143kW) @ 10750rpm and 98.1lb-ft 132Nm @ 9000rpm.Each cylinder has 4 valves controlled by Ducati patented Desmodromic system.The engine is Liquid cooled.The Bore X Stroke 112 X 60.8mm.The engine is also named as SuperQuadro meaning a short stroke engine.This engine is the world’s most highly over square V-twin engine.The engine is Liquid cooled.The compression ratio of the engine is 12.5:1.The fuel injection used on this bike is supplied by Mitsubishi and uses two injectors per cylinder.Lubrication is wet sump.The final drive is chain.The fuel tank can hold 17 litres of fuel.
The Exhaust is 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium outer sleeves.
The gear box is 6 speed with a slipper clutch.The slipper clutch was never used in Ducati super bikes before.The slipper clutch provides with precise gear changing.
1 st Gear: 2.46
2 nd Gear: 1.87
3 rd Gear: 1.5
4 th Gear: 1.25
5 th Gear: 1.09
6 th Gear: 0.95
The 1199 Panigale uses Marzocchi 50 mm pressurised forks which are fully adjustable at the front.The rear suspension is sachs unit with adjustable Linkage progressive/Flat.The rear suspension is in horizontal position.the Single sided swing arm a opposed to dual sided swing arm seen on previous Ducati’s is more efficient.
Tyres,Wheels and Brakes
Both front and rear tyre are supplied by Pirelli while the front is 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP and the rear is 200/55 ZR 17 Diablo Supercorsa SP.
The front and rear wheels both have 10 spoke alloy wheels.The front wheel diameter is 3.50″ X 17″ and the rear wheel 6.00″ X 17″.
The brakes are supplied by Brembo.The front disc brakes are 330 mm diameter 4 Piston Monobloc calipers.The rear dis brake is 245 mm disc with two piston calipers. The front forks are spaced more than usual to allow optimum air flow for the disc brakes even at the race track.The ABS is not standard and opting for ABS adds 2.5 Kg (5.5 lb) to the weight of the bike.
Colors and Pricing:
The bike is available in only red color.
In UK £14,995 for the 1199 Panigale, £15,750 for the 1199 Panigale ABS.
In the US it will cost around $ 17,995 without ABS.