We knew from CARB filings to expect a Ducati 959 Panigale at the EICMA show, with Ducati’s “middleweight” getting a displacement boost that puts its well into superbike territory. And now that the show Milan is finally upon us, we have all the details of the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale.
As expected, the Ducati 959 Panigale gets a 955cc displacement increase on its now Euro4 compliant engine, via a longer stroke. This means that the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale makes 155hp of peak power, and 79 lbs•ft of peak torque.
Suspension is done by Showa and is fully adjustable, while the double-sided swingarm remains. However, we predict it is the bike’s titanium shotgun exhaust that we think most Ducatisti will be talking about.
A modest refresh for Ducati’s “middleweight” superbike. It will be interesting to see if Ducati fills this hole in its lineup at a future date, or if the Italian company has given up on the supersport segment completely.
With that all said, do you love the Ducati 959 Panigale or hate it? And a note for American buyers: the Ducati 959 Panigale will come without its shotgun exhaust, and feature instead the underslung version seen on the 899 and 1299 Superbikes. Whew!