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This is the radical, all-new 1200cc engine which will power Ducati’s eagerly awaited new superbike, the 1199 Panigale
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Ducati reveal 195bhp V-twin 'Superquadro'

By Phil West -

New bikes

 10 October 2011 10:02

This is the radical, all-new 1200cc 'Superquadro' engine which will power Ducati’s eagerly awaited new superbike, the 1199 Panigale – and it’s set to revolutionize superbikes.

In this week’s MCN – out Wednesday – Ducati chief Claudio Domenicali reveals the engine is:

  • incredibly ‘oversquare’ – where piston diameter, or bore, exceeds stroke. The engine is dubbed ‘Superquadro’ which is Italian for ‘Super square’.
  • Riddled with advanced technology both in design and construction.
  • Phenomenally powerful. Ducati claim 195bhp – over 20bhp more than the outgoing 1198.
  • Very compact, while clever design features enable massive weight reductions of the overall bike.

In our exclusive interview, Ducati boss Domenicali confirmed to MCN that the Superquadro/1199 had been a massive project for Ducati. "In terms of effort there is no parallel with any other project we have released onto the market in the last 20 years."

Read the full interview with Ducati’s technical chief and see more extraordinary pictures in MCN this Wednesday