Ducati 959 Panigale Scythes Into India; Priced At Rs 14.04 Lakh

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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.

Design

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.

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Story first published: Friday, February 19, 2016, 15:35 [IST]
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