Ducati has launched the unhinged 959 Panigale at the 2016 India Bike Week in Goa. The new 959 Panigale is priced at Rs 14.04 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).
Engine & Gearbox Specifications
- Engine Type: Liquid cooled L-twin with 4 valves per cylinder
- Engine Capacity : 955cc
- Power: 157bhp@ 10,500rpm
- Torque: 107.4Nm@ 9,000rpm
The 959 Panigale sends its power to the the rear wheel through a 6-speed gearbox with quick shift.
Suspension & Brakes
The 959 Panigale features fully adjustable telescopic front forks from Showa up front with 120mm travel and a Sachs monoshock at the rear with 130mm travel.
To bring the 959 Panigale to a stop, Ducati has fitted twin 320mm semi-floating disc brakes with 4 piston calipers and the rear features a single 245mm disc brake with two pistons at the rear. The brakes are helped along by the ABS system from Bosch.
The front wheel is a 17-inch, 10 spoke alloy and is fitted with a 120/70 Pirelli Rosso Corsa tyre while the rear wheel is also a 17-inch alloy wheel and is fitted with a 130/80 Pirelli Rosso Corsa tyre as well.
The Ducati 959 Panigale features a wider and more protective front fairing as well as a taller and windscreen compared to the 899 Panigale that it replaces.
However, the brilliant underseat exhausts from the 899 have made way for a rather ugly set of exhausts which spoil the look of the bike.
Availability & Rivals
The Ducati 959 will be launched later this year and will go up against the Yamaha YZF-R1, the Honda CBR1000RR and Suzuki GSXR1000.