Italian Superbike Manufacturer Ducati has launched its exotic version of the Panigale 1199S in a all new avatar, the all new Race-Spec 1199R at the new circuit of Americas known as COTA in USA.
The bike looks same as the stock model of Panigale 1199 with a few minor changes that are hardly noticeable.
Honouring the event was Ducati’s own MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies who rode bikes prior to the launch showcasing the bikes capabilities.
Getting things straight about the 1199R, the bike shares the same Ohlins DES Electric Suspension that is seen in the 1199S along with Brembo M50 calipers and the superb 195bhp Superquadro motor that is exquisitely incorporated into the monoque chassis. Apart from all these, what really the 1199R has got separating it from the 1199S? The answer is, a Lighter Flywheel, Titanium Connecting rods that gets the engine spinning quicker than the 1199S model. By the presence of these components Ducati has increased the rpm range of the 1199R to a 500 more revs. The increases in the Revs have made Ducati to introduce new shorter gearing ratios to make the acceleration peppier in the 1199R. The surplus use of carbon fibre components and the innovation levels at Ducati have brought down the dry weight to an incredible 165 Kg.
The Panigale 1199R also gets a Ducati Corse inspired paint job, a tailor made windscreen, race saddle and a luxury of carbon fibre components spilled all over. Ducati Boss Claudio Domenicali during the launch said; some electronics tweaks, the EVO full exhaust system, adjustable swingarm pivot basically added for racers to help find a better set-up have all been incorporated in the Panigale 1199R.
The Panigale 1199R is expected soon to land in Indian Shores which will be available at a Premium Price along with their existing models.
Engine: Superquadro L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke: 112×60.8mm
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Power: 143 kW (195 hp) @ 10,750 rpm
Torque: 132 Nm (98.1 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium outer sleeves
Transmission: 6 speed
Final drive: Chain 525; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Chassis: FrameMonocoque Aluminium
Front suspension: Öhlins NIX30 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable usd fork. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment
Front wheel: 3-spoke forged light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment
Rear wheel: 3 spoke forged light alloy 6.00″ x 17″
Rear tyre: 200/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50- 4piston callipers with ABS
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper with ABS
Instrumentation: Digital unit with TFT colour display
Dimensions and weight
Dry weight: 165kg (364lb)
Wet weight: (KERB)189kg (417lb)
Seat height: 825mm (32.48in)
Wheelbase: 1437mm (56.6in)
Fuel tank capacity: 17l – 4.5 gallon (US)