Ducati 1299 Panigale – 205hp, Across the Board

11/03/2014 @ 9:00 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


As was rumored, Ducati’s flagship machine, the Panigale superbike, gets an update for the 2015 model year. Now called the Ducati 1299 Panigale, the number designation means different things for the base, S, and R models.

All three models will sport a class-leading 205 peak horsepower, have the “cornering ABS” thanks to the inertial measurement unit (IMU) that is installed, and have the new Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system, with its up and down clutchless shifting.

All three models also have a revised chassis geometry, with the steering head angle set at 24° now, while the fork pivot is 4 mm lower — all in the name of more precise steering (a critique of the 1199 model).

For the Ducati 1299 Panigale and Ducati 1299 Panigale S trim models, the high-revving Superquadro motor gets a displacement increase to 1,285cc, via a larger bore size (116mm). The Ducati 1299 Panigale R will remain at the original 1,198cc displacement, in order to comply with World Superbike regulations.

The Panigale R will also not get the electronic suspension that is found on the Panigale S, thus keeping its weight 406 lbs wet (the other models tip the scales at 420 lbs wet); however, it will get Ducati’s data acquisition system, with GPS (DDA).

More importantly, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R will get the tungsten-balanced crankshaft and two-ring pistons found on the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, a critical element since those items are not available for change in the WSBK regulations.

The 1299 R also sports mechanical Öhlins suspension, a lithium-ion battery, and comes with an Akropovič full-titanium competition exhaust.

Lastly, it should be noted that the Ducati 1299 Panigale S has been fitted with Öhlins Smart EC semi-active electronic suspension, bringing it inline with rival offerings from other superbike competitors, like the 2015 BMW S1000RR.





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Source: Ducati

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  • JCB

    Makes me happy I purchased my 2013 PaniR. Price was best that year in my opinion, and the new R is essentially what many forum members have asked for: no DES, some SL parts, revised electronics.

    Now the 2015 PaniS is the value.

    Too bad I’m guessing DP wouldn’t offer a software upgrade to get the new electronics on my R and that fancy fancy “tiptronic” switch.

    But, then again, could Ducati really make the Pani R that much better? We’re talking slivers now

  • n/a

    Why don’t they throw a 2000cc into it and be done with it.

    Munch done it with the Mammut, just needs reduced in size a little!

  • Must say that R model is pretty damm SEXY! 2015 is going to be a great year for a motorcycle lovers(basically anybody on this website). Upgraded Pinagale, SR1000R, Rsv4FR, and the new R1 all awesome bikes… Can’t wait….

  • MikeD

    HOT. Let it be known.

  • Domination

    this red/white PaniR paintjob is gorgeous!!! Now the need the white corse stripe on the fender. I love the redesigned nose with extra air vent. that’s hot! the mirrors look a lot better but I would take them off anyway as soon as I got home and slap on a CRG on the left handlebar. The tail sucks!! Its a copy of the RSV4 tail. The original 1199 tail looks much much better. That’s an easy fix. Just buy a used 1199 or 899 tail and swap!

  • Domination

    The only increase in capacity is the base and S models. the R remains at 1198 but gets better engine internals from the Superleggera. They can do that now with the new EVO superbike rules for 2015!

  • dad

    how does the paddle shifter perform on the back wheel? can i go up the gears on a wheelie?

  • Pete

    Nothing new on the 899?

  • JasonB

    No changes to the 899 for 2015 including the MSRP. As for the shifting technology on the new Panigale 1299/S and Panigale R it’s not a paddle shifter. The switches you see are for navigating the menu, the quick shifter now has an up/down function thanks to an auto-blip feature. You still use your foot to shift, you just don’t have to use the clutch once the bike is underway. Very similar to systems used on race bikes for years and hopefully one that will make it to the 899 before too long.

  • WGB1944

    Sweet looking bike for sure. I’ve always dreamt of owning a Duc, maybe in my next life. For now, I’m sticking with my Guzzi’s. Slower for an old man.