The Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition was made to be the very last example of the Superquadro-powered motorcycles from Borgo Panigale, and it is one of the finest examples of v-twin superbikes that the Italian company has ever made.
Giving way to the four-cylindered Ducati Panigale V4, the Final Edition was supposed to be a special edition machine that Ducati would make for as long as there was demand for it. That day has come though, with Ducati saying that only 1,299 units of the motorcycle will be produced, with production now coming to an end.
The end of an era, we will be sad to see the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition go…in all likelihood, it is the very last v-twin superbike from Ducati Motor Holding.
This is because the V4 engine will power Ducati’s superbikes for the foreseeable future, and it is not unreasonable to think that an electric or hybrid drive machine could replace the Panigale V4 in a decade’s time.
This makes the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition even more special…and collectable. Of course, what makes it special to us is the fact that the FE is basically half a Superleggera – the motor half.
As such, the 1,285cc v-twin motor features a lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing pads, while the con-rods and intake/exhaust valves are made from titanium. As on seen on the Panigale R superbike engine, the two 116mm pistons have just two piston rings, inside steel cylinder liners.
Of course, there is the superlight titanium exhaust from Akrapovic, which takes its style from the WorldSBK-exhaust that Ducati Corse uses on the Panigale R. This boosts power to an impressive 206hp (154 kW), while only tipping the scales at 357 lbs (168kg) when dry.
If you want to own a piece of history, it will cost you $40,000 MSRP, and you better act fast.