This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.

They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on American streets (after the Superleggera of course).

Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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The folks at Ducati have given all their muscle at getting the most out of the Panigale brand, and for the last mile, they have been fired on all pistons to create another masterpiece that will be an insignia of sorts for the brand’s history. This Final Edition marks the end of an era of twin cylinder monster machines that have always managed to take the breath out of anyone wanting to throw a leg around them.

The 1299 Panigale Final Edition continues to capture that legacy and give the world another go on the most powerful Panigale ever. How? Well, it almost uses the same engine used on the mammoth Superleggera, and the chassis continues to be the same aluminium monocoque structure as the Panigale R.

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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The Superquadro twin cylinder engine of the Superleggera makes a crazy 215 bhp of power and 108 lb-ft of torque. Our ‘final’ Panigale R, on the other hand, comes very close to this with an insane 209.5 bhp and 77 lb-ft of torque. That is a cool 4 bhp and 3 lb-ft more than the current flagship Panigale. There are no titanium fasteners, and the barrels have steel liners rather than aluminium ones in the Superleggera.

Nonetheless, this ’final’ Panigale will be a different performer whole together since it weighs 26 lbs more than the Superleggera. This is mainly because the chassis is still made up of aluminium version and not the all-carbon monocoque of the Superleggera. Ohlins 43mm USD forks and a TTX36 monoshock make up the suspension units, and the Brembo M50 monobloc callipers on the three-spoke forged alloy wheels can handle all the forces on this Final Edition.

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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What stands out is that Tri-colour livery and the titanium Akrapovic exhaust. Although the red alloys might not be Ducati’s signature, the tricolore paint is. As seen before on the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore, it showcases homage to the country it is born in and because both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri will be wearing this on their WorldSBK Ducati Corse. The exhaust unit style too is shared on the WorldSBK bike.

You of course get all the abbreviations and electronic rider aides including DWC EVO (wheelie control), EBC (engine braking), DQS (quick shifter and autoblipper), DTC EVO (traction control), DDA (data logger) all of which is managed by the IMU (brain). All of which comes with a $40,000 price tag, which to be dodgy is less than half of what you pay for a Superleggera.

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Ducati says that this will be a numbered superbike rather than being ‘limited’. What this means is that each bike will be given a special production number that will be engraved on the triple clamp. Ducati will keep on making the Final Edition for its customers as long as there is demand and each of them will be numbered.

We must accept the end of something in order to build something new that can take you past that feeling. It is becoming ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition; its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.

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It will replace the L-twin powered Panigale and become the flag bearer of the Italian company. But that is only going to debut later this year, at the EICMA show in Milan. Until then, this Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition will remain the flagship for the Italian manufacturer.


Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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1299 PANIGALE R FINAL EDITION

With the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, Ducati pays tribute to the twin-cylinder engine that has made Superbike World Championship history. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory on 3rd April 1988 with the 851 (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, the Bologna-built twin-cylinder has long been a winner in SBK.
esmoquattro, Testastretta, Superquadro: over three decades, the Ducati-designed twincylinder 4-valve engine with Desmodromic timing has gone from strength to
trength, powering bikes that have made Supersport history. Motorcycles that have won no less than 330 World Superbike Championship races. From the 851 to the Panigale R - and the 888, 916, 996, 998, 999, 1098, 1198 and 1199 in between them - the Bologna-built twin has always been as successful on the track as it has on the supersport market. Now, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition pays homage to the great Ducati superbike tradition by combining best-ever twin-cylinder engine performance with a racing-derived chassis set-up.

Available as a numbered (but not limited) series, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a Euro 4 compliant road bike with a perfect mix of ultra-high engine performance and spot-on racing suspension. An offshoot of the 1299 Superleggera engine, the "Final Edition" Superquadro packs a 209 hp* punch at 11,000 rpm and a torque of 14.5 kgm at 9,000 rpm The chassis set-up, instead, is the same as that on the Panigale R, with Öhlins mechanical suspension and a 24° rake.

As for electronics, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). All these systems are set according to the selected Riding Mode (Race, Sport and Wet) and can be personalised as desired.

In addition to top-drawer tech content, the all-new red, white and green colour scheme with red wheels makes the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition a unique collector’s item.
*The power/torque values indicated are measured using an engine dynamometer according to homologation regulation and they correspond to the homologated data, as quoted in the Bike Registration

 Colours
1. Red, white, green colour scheme and red wheels
 Main equipment
o Superquadro engine: 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm
o EURO 4 compliant
o 2-segment pistons with 116 mm diameter to boost compression ratio
o Lighter crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads
o Increased-diameter titanium intake / exhaust valves
o Cylinder head with specially developed intake and exhaust ducts
o Camshafts with increased lift
o Complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high-mount dual silencer
o Electronic package with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
o Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet)
o Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS and DTC EVO)
o DWC EVO, EBC, DQS up/down
o Öhlins mechanical suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber)
o Öhlins adjustable steering damper
o Forged light alloy wheels
o Auxiliary control keys
o High-permeability air filter
o Automatic tyre calibration and final drive ratio system
o DDA+ GPS and lean angle display
o Li-ion battery

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