DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R (2013-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

Spectacular track version of Panigale aimed at racers or collectors

DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R  (2013-on)

Spectacular track version of Panigale aimed at racers or collectors

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

This is a bike for two types of people: the well-healed Ducati collector, or a race team owner who will strip it down and compete in Superstock 1000 championships. Acceleration is slightly more urgent out of the corners, but essentially the Panigale R feels and handles the same as the base model, S or Tricolore. It is, of course, a spectacular creation, exhilarating to ride and will hopefully allow the Panigale to be a force to be reckoned with in racing. It’s not like SP or R-model Ducati superbikes of old, where you’d get a much higher level of spec than the cooking models, but it is still one of the most capable superbikes ever built.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The R handles the same as the ‘lesser’ Panigale models. It’s garnished with the best parts money can buy and makes all other bikes seem invisible when it is parked next to them. Yes it’s the ultimate poser bike, but it is also a homologation special and that’s why it has an adjustable swingarm pivot. Other Panigale models feel ballistic on track, but they are not the easiest bikes to jump on and ride fast. But does that matter? To collectors the R is the ultimate Panigale and anyway, you don’t buy a Ferrari based on lap times…

Engine 5 out of 5

The Panigale R is an assault on your senses, whether you are in second or fourth gear, the R never lacks acceleration. It punches you hard in the stomach each time you dare to wind the throttle back to the stop – it’s all wheelies and crackling traction control, set to a snarling, ear-splitting Termignoni soundtrack. The R has shortened gearing when compared to the standard Panigale, a lighter flywheel, titanium rods and revised engine mapping. Do you really need more acceleration on a 195bhp V-twin? 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The finish is what you would expect from a bike costing almost £27,000 – outstanding. Although the carbon is a little thin.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The ultimate poser’s machine (aside from the Superleggera), but one that has a whopping price tag.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Panigale has it all. Electronic Ohlins suspension, datalogger, quick shifter, ABS, loads of carbon bling, traction control, you name it, it’s here…

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £28,995
Used price £21,500 to £24,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
Max power 195 bhp
Max torque 98 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 30 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Engine size 1198cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v desmo V-twin
Frame type Die-cast aluminium monocoque
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension Ohlins 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x330mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial monobloc calipers
Rear brake 1x245mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2013 new model

Other versions

There is a Standard, S and Superleggera Panigale as well as the 899 Panigale.

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