Ducati have now released more details and high-res pics of the 1199 Panigale R, which was first announced in November last year. The 1199 R is, according to Ducati, “The absolute flagship of the range, and the machine specially developed with enhanced technical specification by Ducati Corse for World Superbike homologation.”
With the arrival of the 1199 Panigale R, Ducati have also announced updates to the entire Panigale range, including improved heat protection for the rider, inclusion of the latest generation engine management mapping and revised ride-by-wire calibration. The R model gets Öhlins electronic suspension, the monocoque chassis has a 4-point adjustable swingarm pivot position (this allows riders to dial in varying levels of pro- or anti-squat to optimize traction on corner exit), the engine gets titanium con-rods and the bike has various carbonfibre bits for reduced weight.
With a lighter crankshaft flywheel and DLC-coated rocker-arms, the 1199 R’s ‘Superquadro’ 195bhp L-twin revs to 12,000rpm and a 41-tooth rear sprocket (39 on the standard and ‘S’ versions) means improved acceleration, without compromising on top speed. The R race kit also 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).
The Panigale R, which weighs just 165kg (dry weight) gets race-style seat fabric, GPS-enhanced Ducati Data Acquisition system for automatic lap times and circuit map-linked data, and a mix of red and brushed aluminium finish on the 17-litre fuel tank (made of lightweight aluminium), with ‘Ducati Corse’ graphics in white.
While the Panigale R’s monocoque chassis is absolute cutting-edge stuff, the suspension is no less so. The bike is fitted with electronically adjustable 43mm Öhlins NIX30 forks at the front and Öhlins TTX36 monoshock at the back, with twin-tube technology for totally separate compression and rebound damping adjustment. The brakes are equally top-notch as well – four-piston Brembo Monobloc M50 calipers (machined from a single piece of alloy) and twin 330mm discs at the front provide some incredible stopping performance and Bosch’s latest, sports-oriented 9ME ABS makes sure that things remain safe in tricky conditions.
Other cool bits on the 1199 R include 17-inch, lightweight, forged and machined Marchesini alloys (shod with 120/70 and 200/55 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres), LED indicators and DRLs and TFT panel colour display for the instrumentation. Nice, eh? We want one. (And, yes, we can also clearly see the Ducati salesperson in the showroom saying, “Yeah, right, your dreams!”)
Ducati 1199 Panigale R: Tech Specs
Engine: 1198cc liquid-cooled ‘Superquadro’ L-twin, Desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder, titanium con-rods
Power: 195bhp at 10,750rpm
Torque: 132Nm at 9,000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi, twin injectors per cylinder
Transmission: Six-speed, with DQS quick shifter
Clutch: Slipper clutch, wet, multi-plate
Chassis: Aluminium monocoque with single-sided aluminium swingarm
Wet weight: 189kg
Warranty: Two years unlimited mileage
Nicky Hayden and Ben's Pies ride the Panigale R at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The bike looks and sounds awesome...