The 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale. 205bhp. 167kg dry weight. But this time, the Japs are well prepared...
Ducati have taken the wraps off the 2015 Panigale 1299 at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. " A sportsbike, the 1299 Panigale promises to set a whole new standard thanks to its raw power and sophisticated electronics," said Claudio Domenicali, CEO - Ducati Motor Holding, while introducing the new Panigale. "For Ducati, 2015 is a milestone, as Ducati enthusiasts will be able to choose from a range more technologically advanced and innovatively designed than ever," he added.
The 2015 Panigale 1299 is powered by Ducati's 1285cc 'Superquadro' L-twin that produces 205 horsepower and 145Nm of torque. The Ducati weighs an astonishing 166.5 kilos dry, which means the power-to-weight ratio will be mind-blowing. And like its predecessor, the 1299 Panigale has an impressive suite of electronics, which now includes three different riding modes, a new 'Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU),' cornering ABS, wheelie control, Ducati quick shift system (usable for downshifting also) and, on the S version, the Öhlins Smart EC, an event-based suspension control system.
We suppose the new 1299 Panigale will continue to give European and Japanese litre-class superbikes a tough time, though the new Yamaha YZF-R1M and Kawasaki H2 should definitely be able to trade punches with the Italian brute this time around. Yes, 2015 should be very, very interesting!