The 2015 Ducati Superbike family presents a major new player in the category, the 1299 Panigale. The latest arrival at the Bologna-based firm, with its 1285cc Superquadro engine, raises the standards once again in terms of performance for supersports bikes on the international market. The motor produces 205 hp of power and 144.6 Nm of torque. The power clubbed with the dry weight of 166.5 kg gives the new Panigale 1299 a record-breaking power-to-weight ratio that puts its ahead of all competing road bikes.
The new electronic package, specifically designed for the 1299 Panigale and incorporated in the three different Riding Modes, boosts performance even higher. Thanks to the presence of the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), riders can count on Cornering ABS, along with Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and, on the S version, the Öhlins Smart EC, an event-based suspension control system.
Moreover, the 1299 Panigale features, for the first time on a road-legal Ducati Superbike, the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), now usable for down-changing too: this sharpens track performance even further while making the bike easier to use on a daily basis. On the 1299 Panigale, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) are all optimised thanks to an automatic tyre size and final drive ratio calibration system.
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