What you are looking at is the Ducati 959 Panigale Corse, a special edition version of the Italian brand’s “middleweight” superbike, which is coming for the 2018 model year.
Debuting today, just ahead of the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, the new Ducati 959 Panigale Corse draws an obvious visual line to Ducati’s MotoGP program with its matching livery, but it also comes with a few smart upgrades as well, making it worth more than a second glance.
The first obvious point is the addition of Öhlins suspension fore (Öhlins NIX30 43mm forks) and aft (Öhlins TTX36 shock), as can be seen from the telltale gold bits. An Öhlins adjustable steering damper is also fitted.
A noticeable titanium slip-on exhaust from Akrapovic is also present (we assume these pictures are for the European market, with the US model likely to sport something a little bit more…pleasant looking.
Hidden beneath the fairings too is a lithium-ion battery, helping to further the weight reduction.
All of this is good for 150hp at the crank, and 435 lbs at the curb (5.5 lbs less than the regular Ducati 959 Panigale). No word yet on what premium the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse will go for, but we expect a modest increase to the bike’s current $15,400 MSRP.
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