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2020 Ducati Panigale V4

2020 Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati Improves What Was Already Its Best-Selling Bike In The World

The MY19 Panigale V4 was Ducati’s best-selling bike worldwide, and the factory looks to build on that success through a host of improvements ahead of the 2020 season. Ducati’s engineers struck a balance by increasing rideability and potentially laptimes to deliver more of what made the previous generation such a hit. Top-shelf electronics and a 200-plus horsepower engine complete the package, and it all comes wrapped in low-drag, windtunnel-tested bodywork for both performance and curb appeal.

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2020 Ducati Panigale V2

2020 Ducati Panigale V2

Goodbye Ducati Panigale 959, Hello Panigale V2

Ducati heads into MY2020 with a revamped, low-displacement Panigale that the factory rebranded from the Panigale 959 to the Panigale V2. It’s a mixture of old and new with new body fairings over a modified monocoque frame, upgraded suspension components, and six-axis ride-quality controls to deliver extra safety on the road. Power comes from the Superquadro V-twin plant with over 150 ponies on tap to serve as the icing on the cake.

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

Let Me Be Clear: This Is Not A Poser Machine

Ducati expands its Panigale lineup and replaces its “1299” with a new model that’s meant to take over as the new apex-predator – the Panigale V4 – and the new Panigale V4 S Corse builds on that platform with a race-worthy package. Not only does it closely resemble the MotoGP version with much the same look and equipment, it doubles down with the factory race team’s unmistakable colors in its unique livery. Lest there be any confusion on this point, let me be clear; this is not a wannabe/poser machine. It doesn’t waste any weight on the road-legal gear that’s rather superfluous on a racebike, and it’s intended for the closed-circuit and proper road-courses only. However, no expense was spared in the ride-control electronics department, and the robust suite makes this a veritable marvel on two wheels.

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2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

It’s The Last Hurrah For The Twin-Cylinder Superleggera-Derived Superquadro Engine

Ducati released the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition in 2017 with much celebration. This last edition of the 1299 Panigale R superbike comes laden with top-shelf electronics and racing livery in a finale for the twin-cylinder Superleggera-derived Superquadro engine.

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2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

The 959 Comes Loaded With Race DNA And A Host Of Electronic Gadgetry

Like all the major players on the world stage, Ducati offers (relatively) street-friendly models in the 959 Panigale and 959 Panigale Corse for 2019. This pair showcases the Italian giant’s performance chops from the brushed-up stressed-skin structure all the way down to the newly-tuned innards of the 955 cc engine to compete against the other top-shelf, racebike-like offerings. Top-shelf electronics finish off the package to give them all the rider aids and safety systems you can reasonably expect at almost any price point, so you have a chance of keeping it dirty-side down while you raise your riding game.

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2018 - 2019 Ducati Panigale V4

2018 - 2019 Ducati Panigale V4

With An Engine Derived Directly From The MotoGP Desmosedici

Ducati continued its Panigale legacy in 2018 with the V4 base model and its variants, the V4 S and the V4 Speciale. Dramatic as it may sound, the V4 family may well be the finest streetbikes at their price points, and that’s not just clever sales prose, it’s the troofus roofus. It isn’t just about the raw power — 214 horsepower from the base model V4/V4 S and 226 horsepower from the Special — because the electronics suite is nearly beyond compare with an absolute alphabet soup of acronyms for all the engine/brake/chassis-control features. That performance comes bundled with a sexy superbike visage that looks fast even when sitting still, and all for $21,195 for the base model. This is a weapon of mass seduction that is drawing down on the general riding public rather than an elite (read: rich) few.

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Features Include An Aero Pack Designed By Ducati Corse

If you’re into street-legal machines that would be equally comfortable on a closed-circuit track, Ducati has some good news for you in 2019 in the form of its top-drawer Panigale V4 R. The “V4 R” builds on the “V4 S” with a host of tweaks and improvements that were requested by none other than Ducati Corse, the factory’s own racing team. Additionally, steps were taken to conform to WSBK requirements with a new powerplant, among other things, so you could actually use the V4 R as a proper race bike. Even the electronics were on the receiving end of a tuneup to bring them more in line with the demands of professional riders to make this a truly special machine

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2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959

2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959

Racy Enough For The ’EveryRiders’ Among Us

Back in ’16, Ducati pushed the supersport envelope with its super-middleweight Panigale 959, and since you can’t argue with success, the Italian marque carries that original model straight over into MY2018. The engine clocks in at nearly a liter with all the performance you’d expect, plus some electronic safety equipment to help you keep it under control and make riding the “959” a user-friendly affair. Race fans find plenty to be excited about, as well, since the Panigale rocks some track-tastic features to go with its already-sporty mien for a look that says “serious business” to all who behold it. It seems the Panigale has the look with the appropriate under-the-hood gear, but how does it stack up against the well-populated market segment in which it falls? That’s what I aim to find out today.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Panigale 959.

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2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

New livery, lighter battery and exhausts, and top of the line suspension setup

Launched back in 2016 as a replacement model of the Euro-III 899 Panigale, the Euro-IV compliant 959 Panigale became the most affordable superbike in the international lineup of Ducati until the brand launched the 939 Supersport last year. It came with a longer stroked 955cc engine, a tweaked chassis and styling, new side-mount exhausts and a weight increase.

With high spec Brembos’, Showas’, a quickshifter, traction control and ABS, the standard 959 was running great. But the folks at the Italian company had a greater vision. For 2018, the 959 just got checked by the folks who run the team’s MotoGP stunts. Better equipped and a fresh new paint job that was seen similarly with the 848 EVO Corse edition in 2013.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.

Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.

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2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

Ducati continues to push the envelope in the superbike category with the release of the 2015 1299 Panigale. This machine was built to succeed the 1199, and it boasts several improvements over its predecessor, not the least of which is the 10-percent increase in power up to a whopping total of 205 horsepower! It almost beggars belief that one could squeeze that many horses out of a two-cylinder engine, and it really speaks to the innovative engineering hidden behind the fairings. Sophisticated electronics tame the engine, brakes and suspension, and transform the bike from new-user friendly to race-ready at the touch of a button.

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2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale S

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is already a fairly aggressive motorcycle, but the S version raises the bar even higher.

On the long list of features available for the Ducati 1199 Panigale S you’ll find full LED headlights, a front carbon fibre mudguard, Marchesini machine-finished wheels, electronically controlled suspension and adjustable Ohlins steering damper.

The motorcycle sports an 1198cc, Superquadro, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine that delivers a maximum output of 143 KW (195 Hp) at 10,750 rpm and 132 Nm (98.1 Lb-Ft) of torque at 9,000 rpm. The unit was designed to be the structural element of the frame as this architecture ensures the best weight distribution and robustness.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a Full TFT instrument panel, Riding Modes, Ducati’s Quick Shift (DQS) and the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S is offered with a base price of $24,495.

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2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale

The 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the strongest motorcycles developed by the Italian manufacturer. Its performances are nothing short of excellent and is hard to find it any serious faults. The built quality is top notch, the ergonomics are faultless and the technologies hidden under its skin will make your jaw drop.

The motorcycle’s architecture is also pretty unique as its engine has been designed as the structural element of the frame - a modern layout that offers a great weight distribution. The 1198 cc, Superquadro, L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 143 KW (195 Hp) at 10,750 Rpm and 132 Nm (98.1 Lb-Ft) of torque at 9,000 Rpm. The engine needs to deal with a wet weight of only 190,5 kg and is fed by a 17 liters fuel tank.

Priced at $20,995, the 1199 Panigale doesn’t come cheap, but it certainly deserves every penny.

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2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati has revealed the all-new 899 Panigale at the IAA Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The fresh 899 Panigale shares a lot of common features with the 1199 model so you can expect to first class riding performances.

The motorcycle weighs only 169 kg and is built on a modern monocoque frame that uses the Superquatro engine as a stressed member. In terms of power, the L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 109 kW 148 hp @ 10.750 rpm and 99 Nm (73 lb-ft) of torque at 9.000 rpm.

As far as technologies are concerned, the new Ducati 988 Panigale features triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Engine Brake Control and ride-by-wire throttle. You also get Ducati’s Quick Shift, fully-integrated riding modes that can be switched using the handlebar mounted buttons.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

The Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale represents the epitome of Ducati’s sport motorcycles and its excellent performances are hardly equaled by its rivals.

The 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale features a magnetic personality which is enhanced by its sporty design and the advanced technologies.

Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale is a 10 kg lighter and 25 HP stronger, two key upgrades which helps it deliver first class performances. At the heart of the bike lies Ducati’s Superquadro L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which puts out 195hp (143kW) @ 10750rpm and 132Nm of torque @ 9000rpm.

On the styling side of things, the Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale comes with a tasty headlamp which disappears into the air scoops, LEDs for position lights and an aggressive fuel tank design.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

The 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore is offered with a Tricolor paintjob to celebrate "Made in Borgo Panigale" technological excellence.

Among the modern features offered by the motorcycle you’ll find a modern exhaust, LEDs, ABS and the all new telemetry housed in the latest-generation DDA+, which also utilizes GPS signals.

Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp stronger. Needless to say that this results in improved handling and increased overall performances.

The motorcycle is powered by the Superquadro unit which is the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet. Its power has been increased up to 195 HP@10,750 rpm, while torque has been increased to 13.5 kgm@9,000 rpm. You also get the Riding Mode options, which helps you modulate power delivery based on riding style and road conditions.

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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale R

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale R

The 1199 Panigale is one of the most wanted supersport models in its class. The motorcycle is especially appreciated for its top notch driving dynamics, the strong engine and its state of the art technologies. Though, Ducati thought that its bike is still not as capable as they want, so they went on and upgraded it.

As a result, the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp stronger than the previous generation. Power comes from the strong Superquadro which is the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet. The engine’s power has been increased up to 195 HP@10,750 rpm, while torque has been increased as well, to 13.5 kgm@9,000 rpm. Moreover the 1199 Panigale R is also offered with the Riding Mode options, which let you modulate power delivery based on riding style and road conditions.


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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

To celebrate Ducati’s "Made in Borgo Panigale" techological excellence, the 1199 Panigale S is now offered with a tasty Tricolour paint job.

One of the unique features offered by the Ducati 1199 Panigale S is its unique engine that has been designed as the structural element of the frame. The engine was also especially developed to offer a proper weight distribution between the front and rear thus improving the bike’s balance at high speeds.

The engine is paired with a six speed gearbox which features an advanced clutch that’s similar with the one found at the Multistrada and Diavel models.

To increase performances even more, the layout of the exhaust manifolds is 2 into 1 into 2 with twin tailpipe under the sump and three chambers for the reflection silencers. What’s even interesting, the engine features three different Power Modes that can be selected by the rider to adapt the level of power and its delivery to riding style and road conditions.

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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the sportiest models built by the company. For the starters it comes with a sharp design which betrays its racer spirit. Power comes from a strong Superquadro 1198 cc engine with the cylinders angled at a 90 degree angle. The unit delivers a maximum output of 195 hp @ 10,750 rpm and 132 Nm of torque @ 9,000 rpm.

The 1199 Panigale’s chassis features a monocoque structure which uses the Superquadro engine as a structural element reducing the bike’s total weight by 5 kg. The monocoque frame is fixed directly to the cylinder head, and at front are two aluminium bushings inserted with the steering tube bearings.

There are three versions available for the 1199 Panigale, namely the base, S and R models. The base model features LEDs for position lights and lamps for the headlights, while the S and R versions have full LED lighting.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S

It goes without saying that Ducati is in a class of its own as far as super bikes are concerned; this has been proven time and again.

Does it come as a surprise then that the new Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S is about as awesome a super bike as we’ve seen in a while? Not that it means a whole lot considering that we’re dealing with Ducati here, but man, this bike is gorgeous beyond reproach.

Credit the Italian bike maker for that. This bike comes with an assertive design that has been enhanced by full LED headlights and a front carbon fiber mudguard. The sleek, low-lying stance of the 1199 Panigale S also adds to the imposing profile of the bike, as do the Marchesini machine-finished wheels, the electronically-controlled suspension, and the adjustable Ohlins steering damper.

The evolution of the 1199 Panigale S came to be when Ducati wanted to create a bike that was not only powerful, but also lighter than its super bike brethren. So, they set out and fitted the bike with the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet, the Superquadro. The 1.2-liter engine hits at an incredible 195 horsepower at 10,750 RPM with 13.5 kgm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The power from the engine courses through six-speed gearbox shafts.

Suffice to say, the Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S is, without question, a cut above the rest of its peers.

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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

Ducati has finally unveiled at this week’s EICMA Show in Milan the much-anticipated 1199 Panigale superbike. The new model finds its roots in the Borgo Panigale (pronounced "Pan-ee-gah-lee") area of Bologna - an Italian territory known as "Motor Valley". The new model will go on sale in early in 2012 in three different versions: Panigale $17,995, Panigale S - $22,995, Panigale S equipped with ABS $23,995(USD) and Panigale S Tricolore $27,995.

The new 1199 Panigale weights only 418 lbs and is powered by a re-designed V-twin engine with an output of 195 HP and 361.5lb of torque. This output will transform the Panigale into the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet.

The bike will be offered with the latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES),
Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW).

"Throughout our long and successful twin-cylinder history of racing, Ducati has never built a sportbike as advanced as the 1199 Panigale," said Claudio Domenicali during the official presentation. "We are moving into a new generation with a ’revolution’ of the species that establishes new limits for the category. Its Desmodromic heart, the new Superquadro engine, is the most powerful twin-cylinder ever produced and represents the base of a new concept of frame and engine integration."

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