With Ducati expected to release an all-new V4 superbike replacement for the 1299 Panigale, to go on sale in 2018, it was equally inevitable that they would build a Final Edition Panigale. An official teaser video released this week suggesting just that has now been swiftly followed by an unintentional leak from a UK dealer confirming the FE's existance and the bike's headline specs.
The new bike will be called the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The leaked information states:
1299 Panigale R Final Edition
Today we will begin a teasing campaign for the 1299 R Final Edition which we will then launch in full detail over the Laguna Seca Moto GP weekend, July 7-9th. However, in order to help you answer questions about this important new model, we have attached for you the technical specs and Q&A. In the meantime, here are some key bits of information:
- Price: £34,995
- Availability: We anticipate first deliveries will take place in September 2017.
- Quantity available: While there is not a stated limit, orders will be supplied on a first come, first served basis and we anticipate there will quickly be a waiting list. We will update you regularly on status of the list and anticipated delivery availability.
Key differences vs 1299 Superleggera; there are details in the attached Q&A, but for simplicity, we have also highlighted some key differences here:
||1299 Panigale R Final Edition
|Wet weight no fuel
||209.4 HP @ 11,000 RPM
||215 HP @ 11,000 RPM
||104.7 NM @ 9,000 RPM
||108 NM @ 9,000 RPM
The discrepancy in claimed power between the 1299 Superleggera and 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is due to a change in the method of power measurement (chassis dynamometer for the Superleggera, engine dynamometer for the Final Edition).
The key engine differences between the 1299 Panigale R FE and the 1299 Superleggera are the use of steel cylinder liners, steel fasteners and a die cast crank case in the 1299 Panigale R FE.
Earlier this week, Ducati released a 16-second video teasing us with close-up shots of a new motorcycle that we believe will be the final incarnation of the V-twin engined 1299 Panigale.
The bike will be unveiled at next week’s Laguna Seca World Superbike race, confirmed by Ducati in an accompanying image of the bike's rear seat cowl.
The 1299 Panigale was introduced in 2015 and hasn’t been updated to meet the strict Euro4 emission regulations. Derogation rules allow Ducati to keep selling a limited number of the model until the end of December 2018, but it's clear that they need a Euro4 compliant superbike to step into the range.
That new superbike model is believed to use a 1000cc V4 that will use technology taken from the Bologna firm’s MotoGP bike. MCN expeccts the V4 to be unveiled at the Milan show, this November – although Ducati are keeping all details of the replacement bike strictly under wraps at this stage, and this teaser certainly isn't touting the replacement model.
From the video, it would seem that the Final Edition Panigale has a under-seat exhausts which we can see from a close-up of the exhaust outlet, which is clearly not underslung as featured on the current model. This is almost certainkly the World Superbike spec titanium Akrapovic system that is currently available as an accessory for £2500. Ducati's usual pattern for a final model also suggests that this is likely to be based on the S-spec 1299 Panigale, although the leaked document implies it's based on the R model (despite there being no such thing as a 1299 Panigale R). There's no confirmation at this stage, but basing the FE on the R would mean it's actually an 1199, not a 1299.
Check back next week for the full report and details on the new machine.
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