After the 1199 R and the 1199 Senna, Ducati have let loose with an even mightier Panigale – the 1199 Superleggera. The bike’s ‘Superquadro’ L-twin produces more than 200 horsepower and with extensive use of materials like titanium, magnesium and carbonfibre, the 1199 Superleggera weighs in at just 155 kilos dry! The Panigale Superleggera is a limited edition motorcycle and only 500 units of this bike will be produced.
For those who get all excited by motorcycle spec sheets (yeah, well, that’s us…) the 1199 Superleggera has a pretty impressive one – monocoque chassis made of magnesium, forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini, full titanium Akrapovič exhaust system, carbonfibre rear subframe and bodywork and even a lithium-ion battery, all in the interests of reduced weight. Even the engine gets lightweight internals – conrods, exhaust valves and inlet valves are all titanium, twin-ring pistons are used and a lightened crankshaft, precision balanced using dense tungsten inserts, all help in allowing the engine to rev harder and faster.
Also, as you’d expect, suspension and brake components on the Superleggera are simply the best money can buy – fully adjustable Öhlins fork, Öhlins TTX36 rear monoshock (with titanium spring), and Brembo M50 brakes with radial-mount monobloc calipers. These bits, combined with the 1199’s formidable array of electronics – wheelie control, traction control and ride-by-wire throttle etc – should ensure that the bike handles like a proper racebike at the absolute limits of its dynamic performance. It costs about US$65,000 but for those of us who do have that kind of money, the Superleggera has to be a brilliant buy... :-)
Engine: 1198cc, Desmodromic, 8-valve, Superquadro L-twin
Power: 200bhp+ @ 11,500rpm
Torque: 134Nm @ 10,200rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system with twin injectors per cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed, with wet multi-plate slipper clutch
Chassis: Magnesium monocoque
Front suspension: Öhlins FL916 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable USD fork
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit with titanium spring, adjustable linkage (progressive/flat), aluminum single-sided swingarm
Wheels and tyres: 17-inch forged magnesium alloys with 120/70 ZR17 (front) 200/55 ZR17 (rear) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front brake: Twin 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo mMnobloc M50 4-piston callipers, Bosch 9ME ABS
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres
Dry weight: 155kg
Wet weight: 177kg
Warranty: 2 years, unlimited mileage
Note: The 1199 Superleggera has been offered first to owners of the Desmosedici RR or R version Superbikes, giving them the right of first refusal to purchase the the new model.