More Video Goodness of the Ducati Superleggera

10/10/2013 @ 10:48 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


Sure to be the talk of EICMA, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera is slowly leaking out from Borgo Panigale. We already broke the news about the Superleggera’s 220hp crank horsepower, and the “superlight” superbike’s insane weight trimmings. Looking at the special parts that comprise the Superleggera, it is not hard to see how Ducati dropped 40 lbs from the bike’s mass.

A magnesium frame/headstock, a carbon fiber rear subframe, magnesium wheels, titanium bolts, tungsten inserts on the lightened crankshaft, titanium/carbon fiber exhaust cans…we could go on with our pairings of motorcycle parts and elements from the periodic table.

Ducati hopes to whet our appetites with this machine with a proscribed trickling of information and media. We don’t like that idea too much, so here are eight unreleased teaser videos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera from Ducati’s invite-only microsite. Don’t ask how we got them.

Source: Bothan Spies

  • smiler

    Good to see no one has messed with Ducati’s marketing department. In hyperbole mode as usual.

  • Andrew

    I really don’t like this ‘teaser’ business in general, but it seems particularly pointless here. it’s Panigale – it will look like Panigale, just with a few carbon bits and different colour scheme. Big deal!

    Now what I really would like to see is that Scrambler…

  • philly phil

    all i wanna know is when we’ll see them racing with it! it’s 500 units for WSBK homologation right?

    SO will we see someone on it next year?

  • MikeD

    Those wheels may be lighter than Helium but they are FUGLY AS SIN. The 1198r wheels looked much better. YMHO.


    Well said.

    The Scramble . . . meh, i don’t care about it.

  • eg

    Ducati better put their money where their mouth is because with all these number they are calling, it better be faster and better than the s1000rr and other liter bikes in everyway. Would be a damn shame if they fell short that’s for sure.

  • Norm G.

    re: “it’s 500 units for WSBK homologation right?”


    re: “SO will we see someone on it next year?”

    yup, your neighbor.

  • Norm G.

    re: “We don’t like that idea too much”

    oh you love it. that and the server traffic. :)

    re: “Don’t ask how we got them.”

    so, how did you get them…? >:(

  • Hmmm

    Tungsten is a very precious strong light metal. I’m surprised no motorcycle manufacturer has used it before. My wedding band is tungsten.

  • Hmmm

    @MikeD the best looking wheels they have are on the 1199 base model. IDK why they didn’t freaking make a magnesium version of those!! so dumb.

  • Judge

    What a bunch of nothing. Let your imagination fill in the rest I guess.

  • MikeD


    Yes, the base model wheels look better than both the S & R . . . BUT NEVER better than the 1198R wheels, : P

  • Matt Cusumano

    It is a Homologation special, just like the 2008 1098R was. Yes you will see it in WSB next year, and you probably, or I will say DEFINITELY will NOT see your neighbor with it, especially since it costs over 65,000 in the USA, and more than that in the UK. The U.S. is getting approximately 175 units. The UK will get a maximum of 50. The rest of the world will get approximately 125 and the remaining 100 units will go to Ducati’s racing department, which will dole them out to their factory racing team, and other factory supported racing teams, and then to other non-factory supported racing teams. They did this exact same program before in 2008 and indeed, this bike’s unique parts are included on the bike for 1 reason. To allow the race team to utilize the best parts for their WSB race bikes. This is why the specifically WSB limited parts are made to WSB specs. For instance, the crankshaft with Tungsten slugs (the 2008 1098R had a works crank with Tungsten slugs as well), the valve gear (cams, followers, and valves, seats, etcs) are of true WSB racing spec..Dell West Titanium Valves are very different than the intake only titanium valves you find on the S Model Panigale, and the Diamond Hard coatings on the desmodronic valve actuators & the valve seats (made of a trick Berylium allow). Titanium Con rods, and the Engine Cases & Monocoque of Magnesium…. Just like the 1098R had a very trick frame, that looked like the standard frame but was made of varying steel thickness to provide better flex qualities….things like this would never be included in any street bike if it were not a Homologation special…why would a street bike need such a specific frame, when a street rider, no mater how good could every notice, or appreciate it? This bike is going to be a real race machine, and street guys will never even notice the difference!

  • Matt, if that’s the case, then where is Ducati going to come up with the additional 1,500 units or so it needs for homologation in WSBK?