Coming Soon: Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

10/04/2013 @ 1:24 am, by Jensen Beeler64 COMMENTS

Coming Soon: Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera Ducati 1199 Panigale cover 635x423

Ducati has gone to great lengths so that you won’t know this, but our sources have confirmed to us that in about a month’s time, the Bologna Brand will debut perhaps the most ostentatious machine ever to come from the Borgo Panigale factory, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera. An ultra-exclusive version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, the Superleggera edition is exactly what its Italian name suggests, a super-light version of the Panigale R.

With the Panigale R already the lightest sport bike to ever come from Ducati, the Panigale R Superleggera goes even further, employing titanium, carbon fiber, and magnesium throughout the machine to drop its curb weight by an additional 40 lbs. Ducati isn’t stopping there though.

Heavily reworking the 1,199cc Superquadro engine, the engineers at Bologna have bumped the bike’s peak horsepower figure, somehow finding a way to shoehorn 220hp into the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera.

It’s ok if you need to take a minute to readjust yourself in your chair before reading further — we’ll wait.

Other features include top of the line Öhlins suspension pieces and Brembo brakes, but the real treat is the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera’s next-generation electronics system. A direct descendent of the electronics used by Ducati Corse in WSBK and MotoGP, the Superleggera’s electronics package  is highlighted with Ducati’s first wheelie control system for the street and is a direct response to Aprilia’s venerable APRC package.

At over double the price of Ducati 1199 Panigale R, the Superleggera should retail for around $65,000 when the 100 or so models that are allocated for the United States finally actually arrive.

Don’t rush out to your Ducati dealer just yet to place your deposit though, purchasing a Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera is an invite-only affair for the 500 models being built — as it would seem that Bologna is taking a cue from show business’s tagline of “don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

Similar to the Ducati Desmosedici RR launch, only pre-selected Ducatisti will be given the opportunity to own one of the  Panigale R Superleggera. The chosen few will receive a special access code from their local dealers, which will then allow them to order the Superleggera from Ducati.

With Ducati already contacting certain selected buyers, we imagine further details (hopefully some images) about the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera will break ahead of the machine’s EICMA debut. Stay tuned loyal Ducatisti.

Source: Bothan Spies

Comment:

  1. TexusTim says:

    well Jensen if a prince from Dubi called and said he wanted one, the Bologna factory would reply by saying ” we thought we mailed one out to you, there is invitation in the mail to for you today ”
    Could this be a way to homolagate next years wsbk super bike ?

  2. smiler says:

    The longer the name on an Italian car or bike, the higher the price.

    Seems though that they are making headway, their replacement rider the exotic finger food Canepa was only 0.3 secs off the pace at Laguna. Though the win or bin syndrome took over. Better than Checa though.
    Seems more and more DR16’s are actually being used so hopefully a few of these will see the road.

  3. This has nothing to do with racing and everything to do with marketing.

  4. Ruyters says:

    Nice cover. Would like to see it on my 996.

    After similar Lambos in “Superleggera”, now the first Panigale – 2 bad i couldn’t afford it. These guys are masters in Marketing Italiano …

  5. Jesze says:

    can’t wait to see how they work the Superleggera logo onto the tank/bike…

  6. TheBrain says:

    Sick… why is Ducati the only one making exciting bikes. Honda, anybody home?

  7. Bob says:

    Ducati Marketing:
    “Lets get Corse to engineer one of the most capable production sportbikes ever built, and sell it to rich old collectors!”

    Like getting a $5,000/night Vegas call girl just to look at her.

  8. Harb says:

    “This has nothing to do with racing and everything to do with marketing.”

    This should be the tagline for their MotoGP division.

  9. Alex says:

    @TheBrain Honda is winning in Motogp. That’s enough marketing

  10. digitalrurouni says:

    Ducati have gotten the marketing part down. Now let’s see if they have got the manufacturing-of-a-proper-sbk down. I lust after a Panigale but after reading all the recalls, the heat issues, etc etc I went and bought an Aprilia RSV4 Factory instead. Still the lust of the Panigale exists in my heart.

  11. ///Malcontent says:

    You know what can be bought for much less? A Desmosedici.

  12. ZootCadillac says:

    Oh dear. This better not get me kicked off the vip list ;)

  13. exnihilo415 says:

    You can’t fool us, that’s a Multistrada under there.

  14. sideswipeasaurus says:

    @Harb. Sooo funny.

    Ducati special edition wank cycles? $65k each.

    Yamaha & Honda MotoGP world titles? Priceless.

  15. MikeG81 says:

    Meh. Anyone got an 888 they want to sell?

  16. Kevin says:

    Guess someone forgot the NON part of non-disclosure.

  17. Kenny says:

    So if this machine is kicking out a supposed 220 ponies, what the hell are motoGP machines putting out these days?

  18. BBQdog says:

    Ducati and ‘limited’ editions, they have a long history ;-)

  19. Norm G. says:

    re: “Panigale R Superleggera goes even further, employing titanium, carbon fiber, and magnesium throughout the machine to drop its curb weight by an additional 40 lbs. Ducati isn’t stopping there though.”

    wtf is this crap…? I specifically requested a special steel trellis variant of the R…? :) j/k, however maybe the extra weight savings will afford it’s use again. though I have no idea where on GOD’S GREEN they found 40lbs to remove from this design…? 40lbs…? you’d be lucky to find 4lbs. this must be the full C/F monocoque. ie. backbone, frontbone, subframe, swingarm, bodywork, etc. now THERE’S 40lbs.

  20. Norm G. says:

    re: “So if this machine is kicking out a supposed 220 ponies, what the hell are motoGP machines putting out these days?”

    at the crank. motoGP…? at the bridgestone.

  21. ZootCadiilac says:

    “So if this machine is kicking out a supposed 220 ponies, what the hell are motoGP machines putting out these days?”

    The most info you will get from the garages is ” more than 230hp ” which means less than 240.

  22. digitalrurouni says:

    I think MotoGP bikes are chucking out around 260 hp at the crank. That is from reading through bunch of twitter posts, rider’s interviews and even Casey Stoner’s revalation in an interview. That would make sense I think considering their top speeds at Aragon and Mugello.

  23. ZootCadiilac says:

    Actually what was I thinking? Ignore my last post. Bradl’s LCR Honda is putting out above 250.

  24. C.Motion says:

    Anyone want my dealer secret order code? I can’t own a Ducati…

  25. krissrock says:

    They have to homologate this bike…this is what they need to get back onto the podium in WSBK.

  26. ZootCadiilac says:

    “They have to homologate this bike…this is what they need to get back onto the podium in WSBK.”

    They can’t homologate it. It’s still an 1199 which is already registered. Even if it were a different bike aimed at racing rather than the collector, they would have to build 3 times as many to qualify for homologation.

    It’s a race replica. Just as the Desmosedici RR was.

  27. sbpilot says:

    Ok there’s a lot of riff raff about Ducati the brand, and little about the bike.

    I find it absolutely bonkers (in a good way) they are able to shave 40lbs of the bike, and then add another 20hp. 220hp from some 360lbs or whatever the weight figure is? That’s just insanity.

    Just give them credit that they are allowed to even create such crazy machines, who cares who it goes to? It’ll be nice to see the track videos of it either way, by journalist and others (hopefully).

  28. ZootCadiilac says:

    “Just give them credit that they are allowed to even create such crazy machines, who cares who it goes to? It’ll be nice to see the track videos of it either way, by journalist and others (hopefully).”

    As soon as it’s ordered and I can see it in the flesh I’ll give Jensen the pics :)

  29. Thanks Craig…how much sucking up is required for a test ride?

    As for MotoGP bikes, 260hp is the agreed upon figure…give or take. Honestly though, teams have hit the point where peak horsepower is irrelevant. You can only hook-up so much power on two wheels.

  30. ZootCadiilac says:

    Jensen. Can you come to the UK next summer? You pay for the flights and I’ll put you up. You can ride this ( if available ) the Desmo RR ( noise permitting at our local track, Oulton Park ) and the Fila 999R.

    I could probably throw in a visit to Ducati UK at Silverstone :)

  31. I’ll be at the TT for sure with Scott Jones. I hear there’s a ferry?

  32. ZootCadiilac says:

    Ferry? I have a boat ;)

    But seriously, if you are there then please keep me informed and hopefully you can tag on a couple of days to your visit.
    I should be at the TT with a team next year.

  33. Dave P says:

    I know a Nigerian prince who wants to give away his secret dealer code. He just needs a $500 check so he can send you the code.

  34. Dave P says:

    Seriously though, that bike sounds amazing. I agree with all the prior commentes: I’m stunned that they can shave 40 lbs! Hats off to those Italian boys over there!

  35. Bjorn says:

    More power to Ducati that they will build bikes like this.
    A factory that acknowledges that people want fast, light, special bikes can only be a good thing. I’d rather one over priced, limited edition sports bike than a thousand “look at me” choppers.
    These things are cyclic, with some application and the right rider, Ducati will be winning SBK again; MotoGP I’m not so sure about.

  36. paulus says:

    I will wait for the even more exclusive “Corsa/tricolore” model which will come out 20 minutes after the sale of the last of this version :)

    It will remove another 20lbs by using massive amounts of ‘unobtainium’, mined by virgins in the hills outside Bologna.

    3 will be built, Jay Leno and Keanu Reeves have already booked 2 of them.

  37. Norm G. says:

    re: “they would have to build 3 times as many to qualify for homologation.”

    yeah, 500 was a # from back in the days of the AMA 955 built for ferrach and the 996 foggy rep released only in the UK. at one point the required # changed to being a percentage of overall sales or something (aprilia got bit in the ass with that if I recall), now it’s back to being a fixed #, but a big one… like 2000 units.

  38. MikeD says:

    220hp and -40lbs. OK.

    Let’s see here . . . La-Z-Boy, more cushions, Soda, PopCorn, ALL SYSTEMS GREEN. You have got my complete and total uber attention . . . (O.O)

    Now don’t skimp on the details, i want to know step by step how you (DUCATI) were able to make an already anorexic STREET bike even ligther and squeeze even more juice out of the same 2cyl LUMP.

    Who’s sand-bagging now ? ! BMW or Ducati ?

    P.S: Sucks to be RICH, LMAO.

  39. JasZ says:

    I wonder if they fixed the high-speed handling problems, or just added more power and electronics to mask the issues.

  40. Frenchie says:

    No way this could be a “race replica”.

    According to this article and based on the Panigale R spec sheet, dry weight would be below 150 kilos with curb weight about 170 kilos.
    Which is below WSBK minimum weight (165 kilos) and even below MotoGP min. weight (160 kilos).
    Min. weight is the weight above which bikes should be at any moment during the event including in the end of races with empty fuel tank which gives min. “curb weights” above 180 kilos for both WSBK and MotoGP.

    So in fact Ducati is releasing a Panigale special edition Superleggera that would have required ballast to be legal to race in WSBK (if it had been homologated, but that’s not the point).
    Which brings the question: why are min weights constantly increasing if one can build a lighter Superbike for “reasonable cost” (under 100K, way under what actual WSBK costs)?

  41. jman says:

    Ducati special editions are rubbish.

    A friend of my old man’s bought both a Ducati 1098r and a desmo when the came out.

    On the track, the 1098r was much faster and easier to ride

  42. Damn says:

    wow again more electronics on the latest panigale to cover the multiple problems the first panigale already had. panigale, panigale s, panigale r, panigale superlegera will have the same problems as they share the same non frame design. in sbk it didn’t realy get any better after the R spec version. why would that be? so ducati is going the american way….alot of power but no handling. still 30 seconds back each race

  43. Mariani says:

    I too am left wondering how on earth they removed another 20kg out of that thing.

    And 220 bhp. Interesting.

    So this is lighter and perhaps more powerful than the race bike. Blasphemy!

  44. Norm G. says:

    re: “I wonder if they fixed the high-speed handling problems”

    if it’s full C/F, this may use a DSS like the 899…? I have a feeling we’ll find the latest middle weight doesn’t exhibit any of this…? or at least it’s tamped down so much as to be unnoticeable by anybody who isn’t a retired Aussie.

  45. Norm G. says:

    re: “On the track, the 1098r was much faster and easier to ride”

    hey, that’s what Checa said…!!! lol

  46. meatspin says:

    ok. This bike will be one of those rare unicorns which will pop up from time to time at motorcycle gatherings. Oh, the stories we’ll hear from their owners.

  47. jman says:

    Norm G,

    yeeah, thats what everyone who has riden both bikes said!

    But you generally find that people who own a Desmo from new also owned an R model ducati too as the desmo was an invite only affair just like this.

    Those willing to take them to the track very quickly found that the desmo was no quicker than a jap inline four, and the suspension was VERY touchy so you almost needed a full time ohlins technicial with you at the track to keep it set up.

    My old man was telling me that when his mate was doing quick laps, even a sudden change of whether conditions through out the suspension set up! lol

  48. TwoWheelLoo says:

    Overkill much? They’re going to become like Zonda, another ten models before they’re tired. Then another two just for kicks and giggles…

  49. Norm G. says:

    re: “in sbk it didn’t realy get any better after the R spec version. why would that be? so ducati is going the american way….alot of power but no handling. still 30 seconds back each race”

    hence the reason I suggest they actually rehomologate the R with a trellis (critical to race success). in their zeal, they overshot the runway rolling out the “front bone” across the entire Superbike line. turns out the TRUE value of preziosi’s monocoque design isn’t in racing…? it’s in MANUFACTURING (breaking news).

    Q: but if you’re shopping an R…? do you really fit the profile of the typical “moto-beggar” needing to save a pence…?

    A: no you do not.

    right then, limit the monocoque to the pedestrian models. it’s what most buy and aren’t talented enough to find the limit of anyway. gen-Y conquest sales don’t know from dry clutches, belts, and trellis so that’s a WIN/WIN (pun intended).

  50. smiler says:

    Since the addition of a new tank and subframe, seems Ducati qualifying has jumped forward several places. With the new rules for 2014 just release by the Spanish Racing Federation – Dorna, then this is a Ducati homologation special as previous incarnations of R models. Adding bits required to race with, charging the earth and selling a few.

    It will be interesting to see if Hhhhonda’s V4 Fireblade replacement ever makes it to a showroom though.

    As for all of those people who have never owned a Ducati, the news “So this is lighter and perhaps more powerful than the race bike. Blasphemy! It is next years race bike.

    They said they would race it initially in Superstocks which they have done. It is now doing well and here are the changes for next year plus a new tank and subframe which they wont put on the road bike.

    As an owned of a tracked 996R, comments about how amazing fast Japs 4’s are are more than a little exagerated. Minor change to the gearing and although you cannot keep up on the straight, dropping inside on corners and coming out quicker made the experience much more fun. To the point where Rice burners start to complain, now that is the pinnacle of entertainment.

    The steel trellis frame is now too heavy and inconsistent. That is why they dropped it. Bayliss was able to ride the 1199. Checa clearly cannot. Canepa seemed to be fine at Laguna, though he binned it.

  51. Mariani says:

    But how exactly will this be next year’s race bike?

    They can’t go under the minimum weight and they can’t have unrestricted air intake.

  52. HereTheyGoAgain says:

    this will be bought by old farts who never ride and need a museum piece in their foyer!! True trackday riders and competition racers won’t by this bike. This will probably be another $70,000 machine.

  53. johnpeeter says:

    Its real aim is not envenr the race and everything to do marketing. ”

    This should be their slogan Moto GP unit, its true

  54. HereTheyGoAgain says:

    But since the US is their largest consumer 200 models should come here. 100 to Europe, 100 to the UK, 50 to Asia, 50 to Japan.

  55. Norm G. says:

    re: “The steel trellis frame is now too heavy and inconsistent.”

    wait, did industry alter the chemical formula of steel used the past 50 years and not tell me…? did mankind discover a 2nd periodic table…? why am I the last to hear about these things…?

    2 words… STOP PARROTING.

    re: “Canepa seemed to be fine at Laguna, though he binned it.”

    twice. then Pirro binned his kit in France. how’s that whole “consistency” thing working out for ya…?

  56. BBQdog says:

    “The steel trellis frame is now too heavy and inconsistent.”

    Strange that KTM will become world champion Moto3 this year again
    with a trellis frame. And that in the lightest class were every gram
    counts.

  57. DC4GO says:

    Pretty Awesome specs… 40lbs is alot of weight curious to see how they managed that. Pinagale is a great bike but handles a little “inconsistent” when ridden hard at the track. Feel is everything on the track.

  58. Minibull says:

    Yes Norm G…let us stop parroting what I remember reading regarding what Casey Stoner said about the trellis framed Ducati…inconsistent.

    It’s amazing that it is such a simple problem to solve, all Ducati needs to do is read any comments section on any bike news website. Bring back the trellis frame, problems gone.

    The trellis on the KTM is a trellis frame in the general shape of a beam frame. Swingarm bolts to an upright box piece which is then joined to the headstock by two main spars on each side. Bracing near the headstock, and a triangle assembly for the front engine mount.
    The trellis that was on the Ducati GP machines was not. Swingarm bolted to the back of the engine, headstock bolted to the front of the engine with steel tubing. At that level of racing with the forces and riders involved, it obviously wasn’t what they wanted. I would also bet they didn’t want the spec tyre rule either…

    The thing I don’t get is why there is so much hate towards the new bike in the WSB championship. It’s first year racing and it is doing better than BMW were in their first year. Why were you guys not calling for BMW to go back to touring bikes in their first year?

  59. Bjorn says:

    Casey Stoner did complain of inconsistency between frames due to the large number of welds when compared to a beam frame.
    The only consistency Ducati has achieved since the introduction of the frameless concept and now beam frame has been poor results. With no current Ducati rider exhibiting otherworldly riding skills of Casey to compensate for this, it might be time for them to return to what they know and build a trellis frame again.
    It would be an admission that they lost their way, but I think we already know this.

  60. Norm G. says:

    re: “At that level of racing with the forces and riders involved it obviously wasn’t what they wanted.”

    same forces and riders found in production. obviously not a proper design.

    re: “The thing I don’t get is why there is so much hate towards the new bike in the WSB championship”

    not hate, FEAR. fear of 200cc’s. fear of their dominant history.

    re: “The only consistency Ducati has achieved since the introduction of the frameless concept and now beam frame has been…”

    …to consistently CRASH.

    re: “With no current Ducati rider exhibiting otherworldly riding skills of Casey to compensate for this”

    who himself went ass over elbows 5X in one season. NATCORK.

  61. 1199Freak says:

    40 pounds lighter than a base 1199? I have a base 1199 and I can say that at about 415 pounds ready to ride that bike feels light as a feather and reacts about as quick as an R6.. I cant imagine what dropping 40 pounds off it would feel like.. seems like it would feel disconcertingly light and bouncy, as the 1199 certainly does not come with well setup suspension from the factory and can feel like a pogo stick in certain conditions

  62. We just got our personal invitation from Bologna to preview and buy buy the new 1199 Panigale Superleggera – See it here: http://www.FastDates.com/PitLaneNews.HTM