Ducati’s new 1299 Panigale on show at EICMA

Ducati 1299 Panigale in red on track 700px

Ducati has bolstered its superbike line-up with the addition of the new 1299 Panigale.

And the new model has a record breaking power-to-weight ratio, according to the Italian manufacturer, thanks to its Superquadro engine.

It weighs just over 166kg and outputs an engine-high 205hp at 10,500 rpm.

As well as its impressive performance figures, the new Panigale also comes with a wide range of electronics and safety features including the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS).

The DQS system allows riders to shift up and down, and it’s the first time the system has been seen on a road-legal Ducati.

The 1299 Panigale also comes with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that monitors roll, pitch and yaw before engaging relevant riding aids, like ABS and a Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) system, to improve performance and safety.

At the top of the range, S versions come with Öhlins Smart EC, a suspension control system.

This system measures and monitors the bike via sensors and changes the suspension settings based on the bike rather than the rider’s inputs.

There will also be a 1299 Panigale R, with displacement slashed to 1,198cc to enable it to meet Superbike regulations.

The latest offering from the Bologna-based manufacturer was revealed in Milan yesterday as part of the EICMA international show.

The 1299 Panigale and 1299 Panigale R are expected to reach UK showrooms early next year.

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