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DUCATI 959 PANIGALE CORSE (2018-on) Review

Published: 26 April 2018

Ducati’s 959 Panigale Corse is worth the extra cash over the standard model for its wow factor alone.

DUCATI 959 PANIGALE CORSE  (2018-on)

Ducati’s 959 Panigale Corse is worth the extra cash over the standard model for its wow factor alone.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Ducati’s 959 Panigale Corse is worth the extra cash over the standard model for wow factor alone. It’s still the 959 we know and love - easy and non-threatening to ride fast and born to tackle fast corners. The Ohlins is a small step up in performance and adjustability, but it’s not huge and there’s no power gain from the new end cans. Tot up the cost of the Corse’s extras and it adds up to a lot more than the sum of its parts, but can buy a used 959, or even an 899 cheaper and upgrade it for less.  

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

There’s little wrong with the standard 959’s fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Forks and Sachs shock, but we all know top drawer suspension is always an improvement. But as cool as they look, the Corse’s Öhlins forks and shock aren’t an obvious step forward, which just goes to show how well set-up the base model is.

Ride-quality is slightly improved, but you’d need to ride the Corse back-to-back with the stock 959 to really feel the difference and fit stickier tyres to work the suspension harder. But on track it’s easier to dial the Öhlins to suit the rider and feel the changes a few clicks of damping makes.

The Corse also has an adjustable Öhlins steering damper, but the Ducati is so unflappable it’s not needed. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The 955cc, 148bhp 8v Superquadro motor remains unchanged in Corse guise, but it comes with Euro4-friendly titanium Akrapovic cans. They don’t make any extra power, but they’re trackday friendly, recording just 97db at 5000rpm.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

There have been no reports of major issues with the 959, so don’t expect any nightmares from this uprated new model.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

You’ve got to really want this special version of Ducati’s baby Panigale. It might come dripping with mouth-watering goodies, but the Corse is superbike money and you can have a lot more power and technology for the same price, or less.

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

The new Corse edition comes with a host of goodies, including fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension and steering damper, a 2.5kg lighter lithium-ion battery, Akrapovic titanium cans and a lumo-orange MotoGP inspired paintjob. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £15,895
Used price £14,000 to £14,600
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 955cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 175.5kg
Front suspension 43mm fully-adjustable Showa BPF forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single rear Showa shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 245mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2016: 899 Panigale replaced by the 959. Euro4-frienldy, it has a more powerful ‘stroked’ 955cc engine, a tweaked chassis and styling, new side-mount exhausts and a 7kg weight increase.

2018: 959 Panigale Corse introduced with Ohlins, Akrapovic exhaust cans, a lighter battery and MotoGP inspired paintjob. 

Other versions

Panigale 959: Base model is still high spec and comes with Brembos, a quickshifter, traction control and ABS.

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