Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale: High-res pics, specs, details, video

The 899 Minigale's not too bad, really, but why did they leave out the single-sided swingarm? Apart from that, 148bhp should be enough to get things done...

Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali recently unveiled the new 899 Panigale at VW Group Night on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Minigale’s new ‘Superquadro’ engine produces 148bhp at 10,750rpm and 99Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. And that, combined with the bike’s 169-kilo dry weight figure, should mean that the 1199’s mini-me brother would be plenty fast for most people.

As with the 1199, the 899 Panigale gets a monocoque chassis that uses the L-Twin engine as a fully stressed member. At the front, the 899 gets 43mm Showa BPF USD forks (adjustable for preload and compression/rebound damping), while a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock takes care of the rear. There’s also a fully complement of electronics here – Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), ride-by-wire, 3-stage ABS (engineered by Bosch), 8-level traction control system (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). What a pity then, that the single-side swingarm didn't make it to the 899's party...

The Minigale’s front brakes get radial-mount 4-piston Brembo monobloc calipers that chomp twin 320mm discs, while a single 245mm disc is gripped by a solitary Brembo caliper at the back. The bike rolls on 17-inch 10-spoke wheels that are shod with 120/70 ZR17 (front) and 180/60 ZR17 (rear) Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.

The Ducati 899 Panigale is priced at US$15,000 and will be available in showrooms from late October this year. Colour options include red with black wheels and white with red wheels.

Honestly, we like the 899, but we love the 1199 so much, we’d rather have that. And while we’re at it, we’d take the R version, naturally. Well, at least that’s the dream...

Videos and a big bunch of high-res pics after the jump

"The 899 Panigale is a prime example of the technological excellence that has traditionally characterised our motorcycles. It is the reward of what we call ‘performance redefined,’ a modern, innovative sports motorcycle which uses ground-breaking technology to ingeniously adjust to everyday use," says Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali. "User-friendly, safety-enhanced, and great fun at the same time. A motorcycle as thrilling as only a true Ducati can be. This important concept will carry on into our future production and also our range expansion plans, focusing on the concept of performance that we intend to extend upwards to create even more sophisticated, race-derived models, and downwards to cater for the market of 'easier' and more accessible models," he adds.


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