Ducati is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, with the culmination of that celebration happening right now in Misano, at World Ducati Week. As we previewed already, Ducati would give a sneak peak of a new model at the event, and debut a limited edition machine as well.

Well, we have had more than a sneak peak of the upcoming Ducati Supersport model, and now we get the full monty of the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario – a special superbike that commemorates 90 years of Ducati motorcycles.

The Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is more than just a cosmetic exercise, with only 500 motorcycles getting its limited edition paint job, gold-colored metal pieces, and bevy of technical upgrades

One interesting new feature though is the debut of the EVO version of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems.

Ducati says that these electronic rider aids tap into the Panigale’s Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and thus make better interventions because of the IMU’s measurements.

One new feature to come from this is slide control, which is available when a rider selects a DTC level of 1. At this level, the DTC will allow the rider to modulate the rear-wheel slide with the throttle, thus allowing the rider to drift the rear wheel around while leaned over through a turn.

The traction control system also now controls the throttle bodies, allowing for more refined engine power modulation, beyond what spark-arresting can provided.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see this feature appear on other 2017 models, when they’re announced later this year, but for now the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is the first bike to get the upgrade traction control system.

Aside from the special livery, Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario owners will appreciate the gold-colored forged aluminum Marchesini wheels, gold-colored titanium Akrapovic exhaust, and limited edition laser-etched engraving.

Other technical features include a top triple clamp and steering head inserts, both of which are machined-from-solid aluminium alloy. These inserts can shift the front wheel forward by 5mm, thus giving the Panigale S Anniversario the same geometry as the Panigale R.

Ducati has also added a lithium ion battery, and carbon fiber heel guards, rear mud guard, and shock absorber cover – all of which net a 2.5 kilogram weight reduction.

If the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario tickles your fancy, you will have to plunk down a cool $28,995 for it at your local Ducati dealership, although there’s no word yet on availability/delivery.

We can add though, that Asphalt & Rubber spotted these bikes already in production at the Bologna factory, so delivery should be on the soon-ish side of the spectrum.

With the arrival of the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, we can be certain that we won’t see an updated Superbike from Ducati at Milan, later this year. It does also seem to set the stage for Bologna’s flagship model to see an all-new design for the 2018 model year.


























Source: Ducati

  • Timbo Baggins

    Jensen, Is this the other model that was to be debuted this weekend? Was there any indication of a 1200 Scrambler?

  • Superlight

    An all-new Ducati Superbike for 2018? Probably not, though there could be some major updates to keep it competitive.

  • coreyvwc

    Inquiring minds would love to know.

  • MikeD

    What happened to my comment ? Jensen ? I seen worse here not get the “Moderator’s Axe”.

  • sburns2421

    Interesting that they used Stoner and not Davies for the promo shots. He is obviously a much more recognizable face even though he has never raced a superbike.

  • The Blue Rider

    Part of me wants to be cynical and say “Bold New Graphics, yawn”, but that thing is fcking gorgeous. I’ve bought one and put it next to the white 959 (WITH the Euro-spec Akrapovic shotgun exhaust!), Superleggera, and Tricolore, in my imaginary Panigale collection. Mmmm imaginary motorcycles, they’re not as fun but they sure are cheap…

  • I thought this was a BNG at first, but there’s actually a bit of new tech here. I’ll post up about the DTC EVO…it’s kinda a big deal. I think the article left out the fact that cornering ABS was added as well. So, some good technical pieces.

  • Casey got a HUGE welcome at World Ducati Week. The Red Contingency really love him.

  • You pissed off the auto-moderator. Stop visiting porn sites before you come to A&R. :-P

  • We. Shall. See.

  • Sorry for the late reply, phone was acting up. This is the “limited edition” that we posted about a week or two ago. The Supersport S is the model preview.

    No sign of a Scrambler 1200, and I didn’t get to poke too much about it. The Scrambler line will expand though…maybe not just with scrambler-styled bikes.

  • MikeD

    WHaaaat ? I have to give up that too ? ! (O_O)…wow. LMAO.

  • MikeD

    I’ll give it that much….it’s a good looking motorcycle. And the new electronic gizmos and safety nets sure won’t hurt to have.

  • Superlight

    I would expect Ducati to revise the exhaust to match that used in WSBK, to strengthen the racing/road bike connection and solve the heat problem caused by under engine mufflers.

  • Superlight

    A V4 production bike for Ducati? No how, no way.

  • Superlight

    Given that the Scrambler line is designed to appeal to new riders, it would make more sense to add new models using the same engines used now, not add a larger one which would increase cost/price/insurance.

  • RedDragon99

    Cornering ABS was always on the 1299.

  • MikeD

    Time is on my side….rules, physics and regulations for Ducati(as of now and some foreseeable future), aren’t.
    I’ll be here popcorn on hand, Lazyboy and LMAO at 2cyl puristas.
    This thing will suffer the same fate as the RC51, TL1000R & RSV1000R.Darn shame, i loved those dinosaurs and still do but time, tech and rivals don’t take days off .
    Or in the best of outcomes they will leave it alone and make a limited run of said fancy MEGA $ V-4 Superbike to qualify for it’s use in WSBK.
    Any way you look at it, we all win something.

  • Superlight

    Mike, you’r missing the most important point here. Racing is a promotional activity to build the brand and Ducati’s history is rich with victories in WSBK. As long as the governing body understands the laws of physics ( HP = Torque x RPM/5252) and gives the twins more displacement than the fours, Ducati will race twins. And why shouldn’t they? Ducati “owns” the performance twins market and their technology is on par with the fours in every aspect of design. There’s nothing “dinosaur” about the two-cylinder format. The only so-called negative is that maximum piston speed limits the max RPM (and, therefore, HP) versus a shorter stroke 4-cylinder.
    Ducati going to any type of 4-cylinder layout would make them “just another four” rather than the distinctive twins they are today.

  • MikeD
  • Superlight

    Enjoy your popcorn, but that won’t make for a nutritious diet when you eat that for many years.

  • sburns2421

    Usually once Ducati introduces a special model like the Anniversary in this article, it is the last year for that model as we know it. So my assumption going on history is that the 1299 will be replaced in 2018 or 2019 at the latest.
    In this case though, we are specifically talking about the machine intended for racing, and it is only 1200cc.
    So how competitive is the 1200 in World Superbike? Only at certain tracks and then only with Davies I’m afraid. Ducati could try to hire better riders but that wouldn’t change at some tracks they simply are outclassed.
    I could easily see Ducati producing a 1000cc V-4 that would make more power than the twin ever did and with the electronics available today the twin’s inherent advantage off the corner is negated as well.
    2018 the V-4 is sold as a homologation special for $40k or so alongside the 1299 Panigale and Pani S for everyone else. In 2019 Panigale is replaced by the V-4 for all models: standard, S, and R.

  • coreyvwc

    It might just be my lack of creativity here, but in what other direction could they expand the line? Maybe a café racer, or a little bobber type setup? It’s just hard to imagine because the current model does everything so well and looks good while doing it.

  • Superlight

    You guys just don’t get it. Sure, Ducati could build a V4 superbike, but why would they do that? Ducati rules in twins technology and performance and is right there versus the 1000cc fours already.

    From a purely marketing standpoint going to a V4 would be risky for Ducati, as they would be taking Aprilia and maybe the new Honda on directly, rather than having a unique engine configuration like they do now. Ain’t gonna happen unless they do another motoGP replica.

    OBTW, it isn’t just Ducati who is finding the Kawasaki WBSKs tough to beat. What about that powerful S1000RR and new Yamaha R1?

  • MikeD

    Meh, we’ll find out soon enough.