Ducati introduced the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition in the markets around the world recently. The motorcycle will be the last L-Twin superbike from Ducati before it gets replaced with a new Ducati V4 superbike. Ducati launched the motorcycle in India priced at Rs. 59.18 lakh. The motorcycle can be booked at Rs. 10 lakh.
The motorcycle was revealed at the World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca, California, US. The limited edition motorcycle gets a unique number and a dedicated Italian tricolour scheme. The engine is inspired from the 1299 Superleggera, and it churns out a maximum power of 206 Bhp and 142 Nm torque. The engine gets several modifications like lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing pads. The con-rods and the intake-exhaust valves are made up of titanium.
“Maybe no other motorcycle manufacturer has bound its name so tightly to an engine as Ducati has to its sports twin-cylinder. Today, we’re here to celebrate its history, just as we stand on the cusp of a new era in which our desmodromic system will be used for a new generation of V4 engines derived from extensive experience in MotoGP, a championship in which our engine has demonstrated outstanding performance. But that’s the future. Today, we want to pay homage to a twin-cylinder engine that – thanks to incredible torque and compactness – has seen Ducati win races in every SBK championship it has ever participated in. In short, it’s the engine that has written World Superbike history. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory on 3rd April 1988 with the 851 at Donington Park (in the first-ever world championship for modified production models) to the stunning 2017 wins by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, Ducati has won no less than 333 races and taken 17 Constructors’ titles and 14 Rider’s titles,” said Domenicali.
The chassis is similar to the Panigale R. It gets Ohlins suspension system. Ducati offers Euro 4 compliant all-titanium Akrapovic dual exhaust. The motorcycle weighs just 179 kg. The motorcycle comes with various aids like Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and also gets features like cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Traction Control and Engine Brake Control. These systems can be personalised as desired and can also be changed by selecting riding mode (Race, Sport, Wet). Ducati India will start delivery from September 2017.