Monday, October 10, 2011

Ducati 1199 Panigale’s ‘Superquadro’ engine unveiled

With 195 horsepower, that Ducati Superquadro engine is going to be hot...!

With the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale just weeks away from its official unveiling – which will happen at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, in November this year – Ducati have gone ahead and revealed the bike’s all-new twin-cylinder ‘Superquadro’ engine, which will, according to the company, ‘set the most extreme benchmark ever’ in Ducati’s history of superbike engines.

According to Ducati, the Superquadro engine has been designed for reduced weight and increased power, torque and user-friendliness. ‘The Superquadro engine, so called because of its massively oversquare bore and stroke (112mm x 60.8mm), has increased power to an absolute production twin-cylinder milestone of 195bhp at 10,750rpm and torque to 132Nm at 9,000rpm. Its construction has enabled a radical reduction in overall vehicle weight and major services have been extended to 24,000km,’ says a press note from the company.

Retaining Ducati’s 90-degree L-twin format, the new Superquadro engine has been designed to function as a fully stressed member of the 1199 Panigale’s monocoque chassis. With ride-by-wire electronics, the new engine also boasts performance-optimised fuel-injection mapping for smoother power delivery and reduced emissions. The engine is mated to a new six-speed gearbox with a wet, oil-bath ‘slipper’ clutch. ‘While enhancing frictional efficiency, this also results in a rider-friendly light clutch lever ‘feel’ at the handlebar,’ claims the Ducati press release. ‘The mechanism reduces the destabilizing effect on the rear end under aggressive downshifting and provides a much smoother feeling when closing the throttle or downshifting under normal riding conditions,’ it adds.

Indeed, it does look like Ducati have taken a long, hard look at the BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory and then decided to build a Desmodromic L-twin that can kick some serious German and Italian butt. With the Superquadro engine, it seems Mr Panigale will be kicking a whole lot of ass in 2012.

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