It remains to be seen how the high-reving Superquadro motor will fit into Ducati’s “one-motor-fits-all” strategy, but the speculation is already becoming rife about a supersport version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, and of course a streetfighter version as well.
With the Panigale’s engine being an integral part of the superbike’s design, there is a definite challenge for Ducati’s design team in making the Emperor of the Sport Bike Kingdom look good naked. Until we see what Borgo Panigale can conjure up, we are lucky to have weekend couch jockey’s on the Ducati.ms forum who happen to have incredible photoshoping skills.
While the work here looks great, it highlights the challenge that Ducati will have in making a true streetfighter out of the Panigale. A busier engine layout than the Testastretta, the Superquadro engine is very dense in its packaging, which will likely necessitate some reworking of the components to make some cleaner lines visually, now that the fairings can’t hide what is underneath.
With Ducati not expected to debut a Panigale-powered Streetfighter this coming model year, it wouldn’t surprise us to see a SF1198 at EICMA later this year instead. Like what you see here? Check out the other variations by Ducati.ms members on the forum.