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The leaks from Ducati keep coming in, and now we have our first photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera and its tasty details. Stripped of its carbon fiber fairings, we can see where all those magnesium, titanium, and carbon pieces reside on the Superleggera’s rolling chassis.

Asphalt & Rubber has gotten its hands on 16 detail photos of the new Ducati Superleggera, and they are waiting for you after the jump. Our apologies in advance for the insane watermarks, but some people just don’t understand the internet. Other publications should feel free to use our photos, provided they cite their source and link back to Asphalt & Rubber — easy, right?

The magnesium frame/headstock is an obvious area where the Italians have shed some of the 40 lbs off the Ducati 1199 Panigale, though it is interesting to see the material used for the fairing-stay up front. Like on the previous Panigale models, a magnesium alloy is used the casings for the Superquadro engine. As we said in earlier articles, the wheels are by Marchesini and madeĀ forged magnesium as well.

For carbon pieces, we can see the one-piece rear subframe — which bolts directly to the rear-cylinder head — is made of the composite material. All the bodywork is said to be carbon fiber, along with the internal panels, some of which we can see above. Our favorite pieces are still the carbon/titanium exhaust cans, which have a great two-tone effect.

It’s interesting to see that Ducati has chosen a red & white Corse paint scheme, teased in the first photo below, for the Superleggera. We’re not sure if they’ll highlight the carbon fiber in certain areas, or what, but for some reason we always imagined this machine to have bare carbon fairings.

It should be noted that all the bolts are said to be made of titanium, with few aluminum pieces remaining. Those that do remain, like the rearsets and fork tube bottoms, are made of CNC’d aluminum billet, and designed for minimal weight. For being made of “boring” aluminum, they are works of art in their own right.

Inside the motor, the crankshaft has been lightened and the piston heads polished, with the valves and con-rods getting the titanium treatment as well. We suspect that the Superleggera’s rev-limit has also been pushed past that of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, which itself had 500 more rpms than the base and “s” models.

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Source: Bothan Spies