Ducati 1299 Panigale Unveiled At EICMA

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Ducati has revealed their latest flagship sport bike, the 1299 Panigale. The motorcycle has had major tweaks to its displacement, horsepower, torque and a handful of changes in terms of looks.

The motorcycle is powered by a 1,285 cc Superquadro V-Twin engine that produces a adrenaline pumping 205 horsepower. The engine also produces a maximum torque of 143.7 Nm.

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati said, "We did something insane with the pistons, doing something crazy. We built an engine with 116mm bore. No one else makes anything like that."

Although the engine seems very impressive, the actual highlights of the bike are its electronics and its suspension.

Ducati calls it Event Based controller. There are multiple sensors that give inputs to the suspension for settings in real time, depending on what the motorcycle is doing rather than what the rider sets it up for.

The damping and compression increase for the front fork while cornering, to increase stability. The sensors release damping during mid corner to improve handling.

While exiting the corner, the rear suspension stiffens, to give more grip and the wheelie control system lets the rider really work the rev band.

The motorcycle also a complete electronic steering damper, along with quick-shifting for both up and down clutchless shifts.

This very advanced suspension technology will surely be passed on to the other motorcycles in the Ducati lineup.

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:51 [IST]
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