Monday, 1 April 2013


Ducati Panigale 1199 R, race-spec variant of Panigale 1199 superbike has been launched at the new Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) racetrack in USA. Italian sports bike maker Ducati first showcased the bike at 2012 EICMA, where it dragged the attention of the bike enthusiasts. Ducati’s MotoGP riders and fellow Americans Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies rode the bikes prior to the media launch. The Panigale 1199 R has been named as per typical Ducati nomenclature, where the ‘R’ suffix stands for race-replica.


Speaking of the new 1199 Panigale R, Ducati says “Born of the world of competitive racing, the 1199 Panigale R is an exclusive and treasured interpretation of man’s passion for the racetrack: titanium piston rods, carbon fiber bodywork, Ducati Performance racing exhaust and livery inspired by the Ducati Corse. Perfection was never so close.”

Ducati Panigale 1199 R is based on the Panigale 1199 S, however the features have been upgraded including bodywork, equipment and the L-twin engine and Ducati Corse inspired paintjob makes it even more special. It gets a taller windscreen, a race seat, an abundance of carbon fibre components, swing-arm guard, heel guard, rear and front guard and covers for the swing-arm, heel, switchgear, conveyors, rear shock absorber and the clutch case, in addition to that of the Panigale S package. With these race-specific enhancements, its light weight of 166.5 Kgs (with ABS), a three-percent power has increased, and a four-point adjustable swingarm makes it a true racing bike.

Ducati has also made changes in the 1198cc L-Twin engine, which gets titanium connecting-rods, a lighter fly-wheel and a special race exhaust in the R version. However, the power and torque output have remained unchanged at 195hp @ 10,750rpm and 98.1 lb-ft (13.5kgm) @ 9,000rpm. But with two extra teeth on the rear sprocket, 1199R accelerates faster. Ducati engineers managed to maintain the top speed as the rev range has been increased by 500 RPM. The Panigale 1199 is already on sale in India and the 1199 R will arrive India soon.

Ducati Panigale 1199 R technical specifications:

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Engine:

Engine Type: Superquadro L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, with titanium con-rods
Displacement: 1198cc
Bore x Stroke: 112 x 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Power: 195hp @ 10,750rpm
Torque: 98.1lb-ft @ 9.000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Twin injectors per cylinder.
Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium outer sleeves.
Emissions: Euro 3
Transmission: 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears – Ratio 1.77:1
Final drive: Chain 525; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Chassis:

Chassis: Frame Monocoque aluminium
Wheelbase: 1437mm (56.57in)
Rake: 24.5°
Trail: 100mm (3.94in)
Steering angle (total): 54°

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Suspension:
Front suspension: Öhlins NIX30 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable usd fork.

Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment
Front wheel travel: 120mm
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit.
Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment.
Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat.
Aluminum single-sided swingarm.
4-point adjustable pivot.
Rear wheel travel: 130mm

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Wheels:

Front wheel: 3-spoke forged light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Rear wheel: 3 spoke forged light alloy 6.00″ x 17″

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Tyres:

Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tyre: 200/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Brakes:

Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 4-piston callipers
ABS: original equipment
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper

Ducati Panigale 1199 R Dimensions:

Fuel tank capacity: 17l
Dry weight: 165kg
Wet weight: 189kg
Seat height: 825mm
Max height: 1100mm
Max length: 2075mm

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