2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show: Casey Stoner Unveils Ducati 1299 Superleggera

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Italian superbike manufacturer Ducati and Moto GP legend Casey Stoner unveiled the limited edition 1299 Superleggera at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

Only 500 Superleggera's will ever hit the streets and though Ducati has not revealed the pricing of the lightweight superbike, the company claims that only a few examples are left for purchase.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

The 1299 Superleggera is the first ever production motorcycle to feature a full carbon-fibre structure with a monocoque carbon fibre frame, single-sided carbon fibre swingarm, carbon-fibre rear sub-frame and carbon fibre wheels helping keep the weight down to just 156 kilograms.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

Powering the carbon-fibre 1299 Superleggera is the most powerful twin-cylinder engine of all time.

The 1,285cc 11-degree L-Twin engine produces 212bhp and 146.5Nm of torque. The beastly engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a quickshifter for both up and downshifts.

The Euro-4 compliant engine vents out the waste gases and all it fury through a twin titanium exhaust system by Akrapovic.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

To help the Superleggera negotiate the bends and curves along with the bumps, Ducati has fitted the new lightweight superbike with a 43mm multi-adjustable upside down fork from Ohlins up front, which is 1.35 kilograms lighter than the one found on the Panigale R.

A multi-adjustable Öhlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear which uses titanium springs to shed half a kilo in weight compared to the one on the Panigale R handles the duties at the rear.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

The 1299 Superleggera features dual 330mm disc brakes up front with Brembo's M50 monobloc calipers while at the rear the braking duties are handled by a single 245mm disc brake.

EICMA 2016: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Unveiled

Ducati has fitted the 1299 Superleggera with a whole host of safety systems including Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC Evo), Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO along with Cornering ABS, Engine Brake Control and launch control to help riders get the perfect launch off the line.

Story first published: Monday, November 7, 2016, 23:13 [IST]
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