When news of the Ducati 1299 Superleggera started to leak out of Italy, we knew that the second “super light” from Borgo Panigale would command a price increase over its 1199 counterpart, and now we know by how much.
Reliable sources have told Asphalt & Rubber that the Ducati 1299 Superleggera will cost $15,000 more than its predecessor, meaning you will need a cool $80,000 to own one of these limited-production superbikes.
While there will be some sticker shock to that price tag, loyal Ducatisti should remember that the Desmosedici RR retailed for $72,500 back in 2008, which when adjusted for inflation, would be $81,000 in 2016 dollars.
Featuring a carbon fiber frame, swingarm, wheels, and bodywork, we are expecting the Ducati 1299 Superleggera to get close to a paltry 150kg (dry), which would be a 5kg weight savings over the 1199 Superleggera.
To put that figure into perspective, MotoGP bikes have a 157kg minimum weight, while production-based World Superbikes have a 167kg minimum weight.
Those in the know say that Ducati will give the 1299 Superleggera a WSBK-inspired Akrapovi? exhaust, with the underslung exhaust design being replaced with Ducati Corse’s two pipe rocket ship format.
We expect to see a healthy power boost coming with the Ducati 1299 Superleggera with the race kit installed. We can also expect Ducati to make similar changes to the 1299 motor (lighter pistons, rods, and crank) as we saw on the 1199 Superleggera.
These internal changes, along with the race exhaust, should put the peak power figure at 215hp or above. This would make the Ducati 1299 Superleggera not only the lightest superbike ever from Ducati, but also the most powerful. Schwing!
Source: Bothan Spies