Ducati are celebrating their 90th Anniversary with the release of the limited edition 205bhp 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, just 500 units of which will be built for worldwide markets. Casey Stoner will probably get one. We'll still only be looking at these pictures
To mark their 90th anniversary, Ducati have unveiled the special edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, which gets a new paintjob, EVO traction control and wheelie control and a special track kit. Only 500 units of this bike, which was unveiled yesterday at the 'Marco Simoncelli' Misano World Circuit, will be produced. With a massive 205 horsepower from its 1285cc 'Superquadro' L-twin, the 1299 Anniversario should be quite the rocketship that you'd expect it to be.
Changes made to the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, compared to the regular 1299 Panigale, include a lighter lithium battery and carbonfibre heel-guards, rear mudguard and shock absorber cover, which together reduce weight by 2.5kg. Also, steering head inserts on the Anniversario shift the front wheel forward by 5mm, providing the same chassis geometry as the Panigale R. Electronics have been further refined and updated, with the Anniversario getting 'EVO' traction control and wheelie control systems, along with Bosch cornering-ABS and Ducati's DQS quick-shifter for clutchless upshifts and downshifts. According to Ducati, the new EVO traction control system will allow expert riders to steer with the rear wheel, using the power to spin the rear wheel and 'drift' the bike into corners. MotoGP-type stuff for the street, as long as the rider has sufficient talent...
In the suspension department, the Panigale Anniversario gets Ducati's DES electronic suspension with Öhlins Smart EC, which constantly monitors multiple parameters and uses stepper motors to dynamically adjust set-up, hence improving cornering grip, stability, braking performance, turn-in, handling and ride comfort. Race, sport and wet riding modes further optimise and fine-tuen performance, while a TFT instrument panel serves up all system information in an easy-to-read display.
The 1299 Panigale S Anniversario's die-cast aluminium monocoque chassis, which uses the Superquadro L-twin as a stressed member, remains unchanged. The bike comes with a racing kit consisting of an Akrapovič titanium racing exhaust, billet aluminium mirror blockoff plates and a battery charger. Availability will be country-specific but the Anniversario will be available in Ducati dealerships from the 3rd week of this month. Prices to be announced soon.
Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario: Tech Specs
Engine: Desmodromic, liquid cooled, 1285cc Superquadro L-twin, 4-valves-per-cylinder
Power: 205bhp at 10,500rpm
Torque: 144.6Nm at 8,750rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, twin injectors per cylinder, full ride-by-wire throttle
Transmission: 6-speed, with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
Chassis: Aluminium monocoque
Front Suspension: Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Tyres: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 (front), Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17 (rear)
Front Brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with cornering ABS as standard
Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with cornering ABS as standard
Instrumentation: Colour TFT display
Dry Weight: 164kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 litres
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited mileage