Ducati unveiled its new motorcycle, the 959 Panigale at the India Bike Week (IBW). The 899 Panigale successor shares the same stylistic features that characterise the 1299 Panigale. The motorcycle will be available at Ducati showrooms across India from July 2016 onwards and will be priced at Rs 14,04,000 (ex-showroom Delhi NCR).
The engine is designed for a more accessible, everyday riding experience and equally thrilling on the race track. The new 955cc L-twin power unit is the first Superquadro with Euro 4 emissions approval and will be available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels at INR 14,04,000 (ex-showroom Delhi NCR) from July 2016. Booking for the 959 Panigale are open at Ducati dealerships.
Ducati India will also announce a dealership in a new city underlining the company’s plans to expand the Ducati India network throughout 2016. Ducati currently has dealerships in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Speaking about the new Panigale 959, Ravi Avalur, Managing Director of Ducati India said, “We are very excited to bring the new super-mid Ducati Superbike to India. The Ducati 959 Panigale is the perfect balance between impressive design and breath-taking performance and it embodies Ducati’s premium sportbike culture.”
The new Ducati 959 Panigale would almost qualify as a litre-class superbike but instead, the company is pitching it as a super-mid. The new 959 Panigale would compete against the relatively smaller Triumph Daytona 675R in the Indian market, not to mention the indirect rivalry from near half dozen nakeds in that price bracket.
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