In about six weeks, Ducati will be unveiling its 2013 model line-up. The star of the show will be the new liquid-cooled Hypermotard, but the Italian brand has several other new models it plans on debuting as well. We have already seen the updated 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200, with its implementation of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), as semi-active suspension package developed by Sachs.
The updated Ducati Multistrada 1200 also features the second-generation Testastretta 11° DS engine, which uses a dual-spark configuration to boost mid-range power, as well as clean up some of the v-twin motor’s emissions. At Milan, we will also more than likely see a middleweight displacement Ducati Multistrada, and our Bothan spies confirm to us that a Ducati 1199 Panigale R will also be making its debut at Milan.
Visually similar to the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock bike that debuted last year at Milan as a sort of promo piece for the Ducati Performance catalog, and not to be confused for the race team only Ducati 1199 Panigale RS, the obvious differences to the Panigale R and Panigale S will be the bare aluminum gas tank. Other cosmetic changes include a bevy of carbon pieces, race graphics, and of course the obligatory “R” designation emblazoned on the side of the Panigale’s fairing.
Go-fast changes include a full-exhaust system (naturally), but what track day connoisseurs will really enjoy is the Ducati 1199 Panigale R’s freshly massaged motor. Fitted with titanium rods, Borgo Panigale has gifted its namesake another 500 in rpm’s with the Superquadro’s lighter internals, which are surprisingly only giving out a slight boost to the Panigale’s 195hp base. Instead, Ducati’s aim has been to increase the power band of the Panigale R, broadening the peaky motor.
The 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R also features some minor chassis geometry changes. For the discerning few who want to own one, expect to shill out roughly $30,000 USD.
Photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock:
Photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock at EICMA: