The Ducati 899 Panigale has been fighting on the turf for quite some time now and to make things more interesting, the company is soon going to launch its successor, the 959 Panigale! A test unit of the bike was recently spotted by the folks at Visor Down and the bike has already set our hearts racing.
Spotted in pristine white paint scheme, the Panigale 959 follows the design philosophy of the existing motorcycle but carries subtle changes. The 899 Panigale houses an 898 cc L-twin Desmodromic mill producing 148.2 PS of maximum power and 99 Nm of peak torque.
The 959 Panigale will be featuring a new 955 cc mill. The output figures are still unknown but do not expect the bike to churn out a few more horses. In fact, a reason why Ducati is bringing in the 959 Panigale is to meet the stricter Euro 4 emission norms that will be applicable on motorcycles in Europe starting next year.
Here is a small list of changes visible from the spy shots:
- Redesigned front nose
- Redesigned head lamps
- Bigger air scoops
Apart from this, the rear view mirrors too have been positioned differently. The brakes appear to be the same as that of the 899 so expect the twin semi floating 320 mm discs at the front with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 4-piston callipers and a single 245 mm disc with two piston calliper in the rear to be constant. ABS shall continue to be available as a standard fitment.