Photo: This is the Ducati 1199 Superleggera

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Yesterday we brought you the first detail photos of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, Bologna’s ultra-exclusive superbike, and before that we showed you the magnesium, titanium, and carbon fiber parts that would comprise the Superleggera, and help the machine drop a rumored 40 lbs from its already anorexic body.

Now, we have the first clear photo of the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera, taken apparently at Ducati’s dealer meeting in New Orleans. Only 500 of these beasts will be built worldwide, and first dibs are going to Borgo Panigale’s best customers. Cost is said to be in the $65,000 range for US buyers, €60,000 for Europeans.

Though the photos that leaked out yesterday teased a Corse-inspired paint scheme, this is our first look at the finished livery for the Superleggera. Underneath the Rosso Corsa colors of course are carbon fiber body panels, and visible in the photo is the carbon/titanium exhaust, blacked-out Öhlins forks, and the Öhlins TTX shock.

We’ll echo the sentiment we’ve heard throughout the past week, this bike more closely meets the expectations that we had for the Panigale R, which Ducati brought to market last year.

However, it is important to note that the Ducati 1199 Superleggera is not being built as homologation special (500 units falls short of the 2,000 necessary for WSBK), and instead will likely serve as a halo-bike platform for the Italian brand.

Detail Photos of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera:

Source: Bothan Spies