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Ducati 1199 PANIGALE R Sports Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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? 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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…


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Ducati 1199 Panigale R (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £26,995
Dealer used prices
£22,780 (2013) - £24,200 (2013)
Private used prices
£20,510 (2013) - £21,780 (2013)
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Engine size 1198 cc
Power 195 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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


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Model History

2013 new model

Other Versions

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


Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 195 bhp
Max torque 98 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 30 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1198 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v desmo V-twin
Frame Die-cast aluminium monocoque
Front suspension adjustment Ohlins 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock
Front brakes 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

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