To keep one step ahead of machines like the BMW HP4 and Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Ducati have unleashed the 1199 Panigale R for 2013, with the bike being unveiled at the EICMA in Milan. This is the bike that Ducati are homologating for World Superbikes and the R gets an updated engine management system and recalibrated ride-by-wire throttle. There’s also a new set of Titanium con-rods, a lighter crankshaft flywheel and DLC-coated rocker-arms, all of which allow the Panigale R’s Superquadro L-twin to rev even quicker, all the way to its 12,000rpm redline.
The Panigale R’s race kit consists of a racing screen, fairing mirror caps in machined alloy and a full Termignoni exhaust system with dedicated ECU mapping (for track use only). Ducati claim that the Termignoni system provides a power increase of 3% at the top of the rev-range and 15% in the mid-range, which is further amplified by the R’s acceleration-enhancing 15-41 final drive ratio. The Panigale R also features a 4-point adjustable swingarm pivot, which is designed to enable riders to personalize bike set-up by changing levels of pro- or anti-squat, to optimize traction on corner exit.
The Panigale R also gets a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber, GPS-enhanced Ducati data acquisition system and circuit map-linked data, and a host of carbonfibre bits, including rear hugger, rear suspension guard, heel guards, ignition switch surround and top fairing inner panels, and protectors for the single-sided swingarm and clutch cover. The R weighs just 165kg dry and is available only in red, with brushed aluminium on the fuel tank and lightweight forged alloy wheels from Marchesini, in black.
We love the Panigale R so much, we have no words to describe how we feel about this motorcycle. The only thing is, it costs 31,990 euros and that's a bit more than we have in the bank right now. How we wish we’d done a bit more with our lives and earned more money, so we could have bought one of these…