Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is the last Panigale before the arrival of an all-new V4-engined superbike towards the end of this year
Ducati teased an all-new Panigale sending the enthusiasts’ hearts fluttering late last month and within weeks of people scratching over what would it essentially be, it was officially unveiled a few days back. It is priced in India at Rs. 59.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is indeed a true collector’s item. The ‘Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition’ develops a massive power of 209 bhp at 11,000 rpm and 142 Nm torque at 9,000 rpm courtesy of a slew of upgrades applied onto the engine.
The V-twin superbike has a dry weight of just 179 kilograms and features green colour tail identical to the 1299 Superleggera, red and white front fairing, unique Akrapovic exhaust system witnessed in the Panigale R WSBK race bike and of course the Superleggera. It coincided with the Final Edition’s launch at a special event during the famous Laguna Seca GP of the World Superbike championship.
There are a number of engine parts being upgraded alongside having die-cast crank case, steel fasteners and steel cylinder liners. For Britain, the pricing of the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is claimed to be at £34,995 (Rs. 28.68 lakh). It is a heck of money for a superbike but comparing the Superleggera it only costs roughly half as much. The cost reduction is achieved through the elimination of carbon-fibre chassis for an all-aluminium unit.
It is the final hurrah of the high-end Panigale lineup as a whole new V4 superbike is about to debut later in the year. The limited edition bike gets individually numbering and will be offered in an exclusive tri-colour scheme. As on the SBK race bike engines, the two 116 mm diameter pistons have just two segments and slide on steel cylinder liners.
It has similar chassis setup as the Panigale R and has compact monocoque structure and Ohlins derived suspension. The slew of assistance and safety features listed are Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) alongside selectable riding modes such as Race, Sport and Wet.