The Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a mix between the Panigale R and the engine of the Superleggera
Everybody knows that Ducati wants to replace its existing V2 superbikes with a new V4 generation, and the launch of the Panigale R Final Edition finally comes. In 2008, Ducati had introduced a masterful plan with the GP9 Desmosedici RR, changing the steel trellis frame that had landed Casey Stoner with a world championship in 2007, to the new bike built with a carbon monocoque.
After two years, another innovation: the Panigale 1199 superbike, that ran on a similar monocoque frame design, but at this time made from aluminum. The plan looked fantastic, because at same time Valentino Rossi, the Italian nine-time MotoGP world came aboard the Desmosedici team. The perfect mix: an Italian legend on an Italian motorcycle in MotoGP. Unfortunately things didn’t happened exactly good with both, and Rossi joined the list of riders that failed with the monocoque.
In 2015, Ducati introduced the Panigale 1299, the 197-hp (146.9 kW) superbike with the most powerful mass-produced V-twin ever. The limited Superleggera 1299 arrived in 2016, now with carbon frame, swingarm and wheels, but at this time with a motor pumping out 215 hp (160.3 kW) for 167 wet kilos (368 lb). A rocket. Now, the all red paint, gives space to the scheme of the Italian flag, Tricolore, and it is built around the aluminum frame of the Panigale R.
According to Ducati, this Final Edition will be a numbered as a collectible model, but it will not be limited to any specific number. Maybe the price tag should be above the US$35,000 of the Panigale R, but hopefully less than the $80,000 of the special Superleggera.
According the Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicalli, the new V4 superbike will be introduced at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan, Italy, next November. The motor will be all new, outputting more than 200 hp and it will be two versions – 1,200 and 1,000cc.