Ducati recently re-entered the Indian market with new dealership outlets and their entire range of two-wheelers. The 899 Panigale was Ducati's entry-level superbike in the global as well as in the Indian market. Unfortunately, Ducati India has discontinued the model from its official website.
At the 2015 EICMA Motor Show, Ducati showcased several new motorcycles including the 959 Panigale. The 899 Panigale will be replaced globally with the modern and improved 959 Panigale model. Ducati will continue manufacturing the superbike in Thailand and will export it to several markets including India.
The 959 Panigale receives several new updates for 2016, mainly it is now Euro4 compliant. Ducati has also updated the electronics on the bike for a safer riding experience. Aerodynamic package has also been updated for an efficient model.
In terms of design, the bodywork has been made wider and provides an aggressive persona. The air intakes have been increased and move slightly to the side instead of being below the headlamps. Ducati's 959 Panigale also gets a dual exhaust port, unlike its predecessor, which had an underbelly system.
Powering the 959 Panigale is Ducati's 955cc, L-twin Superquadro, liquid-cooled engine. The superbike produces 157bhp and 107Nm of peak torque output. Ducati has equipped the 959 Panigale with three riding modes, which are Race, Sport, and Wet.
So far, Ducati India has not commenced booking procedure for the 959 Panigale. The Italian superbike maker had sold out the India allotted 899 Panigale instantaneously. Ducati is most likely to offer the 959 Panigale in India by mid-2016.