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 made 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.








Source: Bothan Spies

  • James

    Fantastic preview Jensen. I work for Ducati and I don’t even get dibs on the preview! Talk about exclusivity. Keep them coming!

  • BBQdog

    For some reason the crank seems to be re-drilled by an amateur not doing a particular good job.
    Don’t understand why they are using such a photo …..

  • Daws

    No billet Monoblock calipers? No-one ever cares about the brakes as long as it has carbon bits and titanium bolts ;)

  • Matt

    I’m not an expert of metals, but is that frame painted to look like magnesium?

  • Not painted. Is.

  • Matt


    They say “brembo” on them, that’s all that matters.

  • Matt

    I’m fairly certain you’re wrong, Jensen. If that frame/headstock contains magnesium it’s a very low content. It’s all for the better though, because magnesium is a rather toxic material. I do admit, it looks great in that matt gold powder coating.

  • I’m not speculating on it Matt, though I should clarify that it’s a magnesium alloy. I believe the weight savings is over 2 lbs on this piece alone, over the standard aluminum one.

  • Taichi

    That is not the color of magnuesium.

  • Kosta

    I have a 2008 desmo just taking people’s thoughts on wether or not I should trade my desmo??
    I understand only 1500 were sold but ducati are telling us only 500 superalagera. Will be sold at this stage
    Is it worth it???
    Love to know your feedback…

  • paulus

    “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.”

    Long answer:
    Carbon fibre is a structural material and not aesthetically perfect. The material manufacturers will not guarantee its optical perfection. It comes from the manufacturer with defects to the weave. The larger an area is, the higher risk of a visual defect (which has no effect on performance, but junks the look of a panel). The more complicated a 3D shape is, the more expertise/time/cost/reject rate the piece has. For a fairing you have to consider the whole bike… how the weave direction will join from one surface to the next, one panel to the next. ‘The carbon direction also has to ‘flow’ with the lines of the motorcycle. Once again, more expertise/time/cost/reject rate consequences.
    Some brands don’t worry about optical quality and hide it under matt paint, or dark pigments (KTM); others are perfectionists… Audi is known to be the most selective of all carbon consumers ;)

    Short answer:
    It costs a lot less to only have it show in small areas :)

  • Norm G.

    re: “it is interesting to see the material used for the fairing-stay up front”

    not so much. it was standard on the 1098. hundreds if not thousands of broken ones litter scrap yards across the globe.

    re: “I’m not an expert of metals, but is that frame painted to look like magnesium?”

    no worries matt, I thought the same considering it’s load bearing with a fair bit of controversy surrounding it. yet, the SSA which have been turned out in Mg for years is still just Al…? the aftermarket, Agusta, and even ducati themselves have all made them. so how do they miss it on the “superlegs”…?

    re: “If that frame/headstock contains magnesium it’s a very low content.”

    well when they say something’s made of Magnesium. they mean it’s an alloy (as Jensen indicates). alloy meaning elements like Al and Manganese and a few others have been added to improve it’s corrosion resistance and mechanical properties (castability, crack tendency, etc). Mg however would be the major element by more than 80%.

    re: “magnesium is a rather toxic material”

    not so much toxic… say REACTIVE. it’s alkaline earth group 2 (+2e). beryllium sitting above it is very much toxic and sodium to it’s left (+1e), as many know is even more reactive, but everything in that general area of the table is not to be trifled with. it’ll oxidize everything including our mothers.

  • Dewey

    You don’t understand what you are seeing. Those “redrilled” areas are the surface of the forging that remains after the crank cheeks were machined.

  • Willie

    Is that an Akro Exhaust?

    What dreams are made of… 40Lbs! less than R, and more power!!

  • Hyper

    I’m really surprised the story about this special edition is just breaking out now.
    Dealer have started to contact potential customers a good month and a half ago, asking them if they were interested in a limited production 1199 which was called 1199RS

    I know for fact my dealer has contacted 2 potential customers, both Desmo RR owners, who bought the Desmo new, and still own it.

    @Kosta :
    I would keep the Desmo, for multiple reasons.
    1/ Desmo is more exclusive, it is not a -yet another more expensive- version of an existing model
    2/ Ducati is claiming a 500 production run. They claimed the same for the Desmo and ended up making 1.500 of them. If you bought your Desmo new and have a number plate below 500, chances are you know thos production number a meaningless.
    3/ Desmo will always offer a more viceral and raw experience than a tuned-up, lighter 1199

    Unless you want the best of what Ducati has to offer, I would keep the Desmo and buy a used 1199S which can already outperform the Desmo anyway.

    None of those 2 bikes are subject to see their value increase with time.

    Alaso, it looks like Ducati has inherited the Audi/Lambo Gallardo syndrome with this special edition 1199.
    Meaning that if you buy it, dont be surprised/disappointed if yet a better and lighter version with carbon fiber replacing all the magnesium is released in 2015.

    This new limited edition is what the R should have been to begin with.
    Suddenly the R lost a bit of its sexiness / top of the food chain appeal.

  • Andrey

    Details aside, this looks like an impressive level of fit and finish, an amazing improvement in power and weight and a bucket load of sex appeal thrown in for good measure. Color scheme looks like it may be similar to the Desmosedici in a way.
    All around a piece of two wheel sex!
    Fabulous post Jensen and thank you for being on top of so much new stuff in the motorcycle world. Top job mate!

  • Frame is magnuesium it’s painted cause it corrodes instantly un painted.

  • Monster696

    Just a question about your watermarks… Did you take the photos? If not, you don’t own them either unless the photog sold you the rights.
    If you did take them or purchase the rights, ignore this comment :D

  • Tim M

    Looks like a good bike to put sliders on. Magnesium sliding on the ground at high speed with gasoline around sounds a little scary. Oh wait, these will be man cave decor. No worries! Gorgeous pieces though, and those pistons are astonishingly short. Barely any room for rings and wrist pin. And I want one of those ti TTX shocks for my mountain bike!

  • MikeD


    Don’t loose your grip on that Desmo of yours.
    This SuperLeggera may be all kind of things but IT AIN’T NO DESMO.
    500 OR 500,000, W/E. I think your Desmo is way more xclusive than this Glorified 1199.

    I see there’s no fancy schnancy electronic suspension ? ! WTF ? Charging all that coin and e-Suspension ?
    I thought having some form of ACTIVE suspenders was a given on this model.

    Suddenly the HP4 seems like a bargain. LOL. (~_^)
    Can’t wait for a face-off of those 2.

  • MikeD

    P.S: Do i need glasses or is that ONLY ONE compression ring in that piston ? What is this ? A 2 Stroke ? LOL.


    I think the Crank looks like SHIT. Perhaps this is STILL an unfinished rough piece (even if the bearing surfaces seem pretty finished and polished ?)

    Another thing i noticed is how there’s no lateral support for the rods all around the rod journal. Is that NORMAL ? Every other crank i seen before has a “guard” 360* all around the big end of the rod for lateral support.
    Another hot rodding trick i see missing is not edge sharpened crank fillets ?

  • coreyvwc

    @MikeD There is no fancy electron suspension because it’s still a sales gimmick at this in time. As the technology progress’s that will change, but right now there is no substitute for properly setup high end “normal suspension”. Just take a look at what they’re running on the RS13 production racer.

  • MikeD


    I hear ya, is just that Active/Auto Suspenders look/sound like TITS to a lazy/suspension ignorant MoFo like me self. (^_^)
    Not to mention that on most bikes adjusting the suspension is a ROYAL PAIN IN *&^%.
    At least the back part. I know mine is (SV1000N).
    Wich reminds me, i haven’t done it yet and i bought it like 3-4 years ago. Probably that’s why it handles like shit at times. LMAO.

  • Hmmm

    @Kosta you are a fraud!! You do not own a Desmo and stop fishing for answers!

  • OhBoy!

    This should have been the 1199R from the get go!!

  • Are we going to have to put up with those Asphalt and Rubber Logos/Pseudo-Watermark plastered across all your photos from now on? I hope not, because it doesn’t protect your content at all, unless you’re living back in 1998, It’s really annoying and destroys the aesthetic power of any photograph. Signed Sincerely, a Photographer

  • Rich

    One would assume that Ducati provided the photos to you in a press kit you received in an email. They are no more your photos than they are mine. The watermarks are a bit over the top.


  • Rich, I wish that was the case. It would have meant a lot less work on our part before this post, and a lot fewer calls/emails with Bologna and Cupertino afterwards.

  • MikeD

    @Oh Boy ! :


  • Norm G.

    re: “It would have meant a lot less work on our part before this post, and a lot fewer calls/emails with Bologna and Cupertino afterwards.”

    they’re taking ya down… taking ya down to chinatown. :)

    re: “Guys, is not like there’s much to see or be excited about anyways, the DARN THING is basically an 1199 with a Desmo paint job and some ugly wheels.”

    …and then there’s the extensive use of composites and the whole low density and refractory metals thing. nothing to see here, move along.

  • That just means I’ll be hungry an hour later.

  • MikeD

    @Norm G. :

    LMAO, i’m sorry if i came across sounding like a Schmuck implying this is not a fine piece of 2 Wheeled hardware. (-_-)’

    I BLAME IT on Ducati for blowing steam up my head with all those teasers . . . LMAO. (~_^)

    And since i mentioned TEASERS, let’s make something clear, AGAIN.

    If the end product doesn’t measure to all the fanfare, noise and hooola bahlooo you are making about your product . . . you better buy some egg face insurance, cause you are going to get it , DUCATI.

    So far, i’m feeling pretty MEH about it. Maybe later i’ll be trying to sell my kidneys or pawning my first unborn child in order to buy one. ROTFLMAO.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Maybe later i’ll be trying to sell my kidneys or pawning my first unborn child in order to buy one.”

    FISTPUMP…!!! now we’re talking.