The New 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale - Superbike Evolution

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is even for a top-of-the-range Ducati,something very special. The previous 1198, 1098 and even the 999 models had the usual trick bits and a pinch more power, as expected with a bigger combustion volume. The new Ducati 1199 Panigale is in another league.

Ducati claims 200 horsepower and will weigh less than 160 kilogram, making it their lightest machine and the most powerful production twin ever. A walloping torque gives the highest torque-to-weight ration on sale too. Based on the claimed 200 horsepower of the Ducati 1199 Panigale will likely translate into 180 horsepower at the rear wheel, we can expect the Ducati 1199 Panigale to make a real 190 horsepower. That's something that is something you now-a-day only find in pure-breed race bikes.

Traction control (DTC) is here too, as expected, also the 1199 Panigale will feature Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), and Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) as standard equipment, which you can all control through the menus on the LCD display. The DTC has eight different levels so that it can be tailored to conditions, surface, and riders talent, and also be of benefit to trackday racers.

Ducati 1199 Panigale
Don't be distracted by the 'Panigale' name for the all-new Ducati 1199 as Ducati breaks with its Superbike tradition by adding a name to its 1199cc engine capacity. For high revs and big power, the new 1199cc eight-valve, 90-degree V-Twin engine is massively over-square with its bore and stroke, and uses titanium valves and connection rods which are controlled by an all, for production motorcycles, by camshaft drive by a sophisticated gearing system. The camshaft gearing system is very similar to the camshaft gearing system used on the latest Ducati MotoGP race bikes.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale will also be the first Ducati production motorcycle which doesn't use the traditional tubular steel trellis frame. Basically Ducati doesn't uses a traditional frame for the 1199 Panigale, the whole design is weight saving. The airbox is now also part of the construction. The Ducati 1199 Panigale is 8kg lighter than the Ducati 1198, 11kg lighter than the 1098 and 21kg lighter than the Ducati 999R. The 1199 Panigale has been designed and build to race, an win, in World Superbikes Championship. It's the most affordable nearest MotorGP motorcycle you can buy, with a price tag of about 1.76 million THB.
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