2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R Coming Soon

09/28/2012 @ 6:36 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

In about six weeks, Ducati will be unveiling its 2013 model line-up. The star of the show will be the new liquid-cooled Hypermotard, but the Italian brand has several other new models it plans on debuting as well. We have already seen the updated 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200, with its implementation of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), as semi-active suspension package developed by Sachs.

The updated Ducati Multistrada 1200 also features the second-generation Testastretta 11° DS engine, which uses a dual-spark configuration to boost mid-range power, as well as clean up some of the v-twin motor’s emissions. At Milan, we will also more than likely see a middleweight displacement Ducati Multistrada, and our Bothan spies confirm to us that a Ducati 1199 Panigale R will also be making its debut at Milan.

Visually similar to the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock bike that debuted last year at Milan as a sort of promo piece for the Ducati Performance catalog, and not to be confused for the race team only Ducati 1199 Panigale RS, the obvious differences to the Panigale R and Panigale S will be the bare aluminum gas tank. Other cosmetic changes include a bevy of carbon pieces, race graphics, and of course the obligatory “R” designation emblazoned on the side of the Panigale’s fairing.

Go-fast changes include a full-exhaust system (naturally), but what track day connoisseurs will really enjoy is the Ducati 1199 Panigale R’s freshly massaged motor. Fitted with titanium rods, Borgo Panigale has gifted its namesake another 500 in rpm’s with the Superquadro’s lighter internals, which are surprisingly only giving out a slight boost to the Panigale’s 195hp base. Instead, Ducati’s aim has been to increase the power band of the Panigale R, broadening the peaky motor.

The 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R also features some minor chassis geometry changes. For the discerning few who want to own one, expect to shill out roughly $30,000 USD.

Photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock:

Photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superstock at EICMA:

Source: Bothan Spies; Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Gutterslob

    It’ll definitely be fast as f*ck, but it’ll probably be a b*tch to start and maintain, and will likely cost a gazzillion dollars, hence we’ll mostly hear of rich tw*ts buying em up and sealing em in those bubble-things, never to be taken out on the road/track.

    For those few that do take em out (and can afford it), I reckon it’ll be great fun. Just hope that “skyhook” suspension is well tested and doesn’t send riders skyward.

    Still waiting for the first Dieseldromic DucAudi with Twattro all-wheel-drive.

  • Skuzzy

    And maybe a smaller engine sized Panigale?

  • JD

    @Skuzzy…hell yea a little 888 R6 killer something you could f*cking wring its neck out

  • I’d like to know more about the chassis/geometry changes.. or what is adjustable. Maybe they will do things proper with adjustable steering head and a nicely done rear ride height adjuster… one can hope.

  • Andrey

    NOT impressed with the finish on the tank… that is a crappy job. First thing I would want to do is fix the brush marks. Painted silver would have looked better. Sorry Ducati, bad job here. Rest of the bike looks spectacular so full marks there.

  • Peter del Rio

    I own a 1098R and every time I ride it is privilege. All the best components and a race inspired engine. I bought my 1098R after first wanting the Panigale. What got me to buy my R was the engine performance.

    What is disappointing about the Panigale is the powerband, it is only powerful beyond 8000 rpm. Unfortunately, the Ducati execs felt is was best to go after horsepower and chase BMW’s S1000RR rather than maintain a flat and high torque curve.

    If in fact, these are the 1199R specs, the price and power reflect Ducati’s inability to find additional performance from the 1199 engine. And what we are left with is a tricked out 1199 selling at the same price as the Tricolore. For those who are unfamiliar, 1098R/1198R list at $40K+ and have a significant boost in performance over their 1098/1198 brethren.

    We can only hope in the future the engineers are given the green light to produce a truly powerful engine to put in a supremely beautiful motorcycle and while they are at it, solve the ridiculously hot exhausts.

  • Westward

    Yeah, what PDR said, and JD….

  • Beautiful bike can’t wait to see what she can do….. Exhaust looks awesome glad the undertail exhaust is gone cause the heat from it was brutal… That being said carbon exhaust canister doesn’t seem to be an option on this bike probably to HOT might melt.. Bike looks sick!!

  • 76

    Oh that would be awesome, a 888 or whatever capacity a twin needs to be to lineup with the middleweights. Spec it out like a true R with all that engine goodness. I would be kicking myself at the end of the year after going broke maintaining it and its inevitable backup engine.

    x1 RCV213 (Production Clone)
    x1 1199 R

    That would be a nice upgrade for the old garage.

  • Mormont

    Is the 1199R going to have the carbon fiber ‘airbox’ (the stressed member between the engine and headstock) or remain aluminum like the current models?
    With all the problems Ducati had with the carbon fiber ‘framed’ GP bike curious if they will go this route on the 1199R.

  • Sporty4Life

    What an ugly bike! Still using an old-fashioned chain, and what’s that pointed thing up in the air–a way to streamline the riders a$$? What about all the drag underneath and around the open rear wheel? Agree with all the above — they should start with a clean sheet of paper!!!

  • Gidgster

    @ SPORTY4LIFE: Did you wander into the wrong blog? Pretty much every “proper” modern sportbike uses a chain (less power loss) and yes, the tailsection is intended to limit the drag coming from the rider’s “a$$”. We live, eat and breath modern sportbikes around here… and the Panigale certainly looks just like that… a modern sportbike!

  • 76

    Sporty4life needs to find another sport to talk about, move along troll

  • Minibull

    @PDR: Yes, it doesn’t have the torque that the 1198 has. The torque that in pretty much all the road tests I read of the 1198, the testers said was almost too brutal on the road, and made it actually harder to go fast coming out of a corner on track.
    Yet when the 1199 was tested hard on the track, the testers said it was a lot easier to lay the power down from early in the corner and then once you are finishing the corner, you get a nice wallop of power going down the straight.

    @Mormont: The problems with the GP bike are so far removed from the 1199. It didn’t matter when they made the airbox out of aluminium or CF, same problems. Problems with a GP bike, on the most amazingly expensive and finicky suspension, with super difficult Bridgestone tyres, riding at the very limits above what any of us can do.
    I read Stoner never liked the trellis frame, as having all the welds made each chassis handle much differently. He was quite keen on the airbox frame idea. When spec tyres came in, the Ducati went downhill.

  • Andrew

    Meanwhile Moto GP has come and gone.

  • mark

    If Ducati can rotate the engine cylinders farther to the rear of the bike then they could find a conjunction point for the exhaust tubes in front of the silencers instead of behind…therefore eliminating the need for an ‘exhaust loop’ at the rear engine cylinder. This might reduce the engine heat problems…

  • mark

    …and the problem with the Ducati GP bike never was the ‘frameless’ design, as Rossi and Burgess’s redesign missteps have proven! If a heavier, more physical rider (such as Spies) has success and improved lap times from this seasons attempts, then Ducati should retry the ‘frameless’ concept.

  • PdR

    @Minibull With all due respect, some of us ride the motorcycles we blog about rather than repeat what someone has said or written.

    The 1199 was created to allow everyone who wants a Ducati superbike to be able to own and ride one. If you want a “wallop” going down the straight hopefully the 1199R utilizes the much rumored KERS.

    The 1198 and 1098R/1198Rs with the 1198 racing engines are not for everyone. When riding fast, it is all about minimal movements, easing into the throttle and easing into the brakes, grab either one and you’ve got problems. It is all about usable power and as engines become more powerful electronics play a bigger role in keeping the rider in control.

    The Rs are meant for the rare owner who can afford to have the best and ride the best. It is all about performance and if you can’t control it don’t buy it unless you are poser.

  • Yoosh

    The photo’s aren’t of the Actual “r” just an FYI.

  • JCB

    Jensen is giving some highlight’s of what he believes will be on the R. If they spec it and build it like they should I will be purchasing. Add some Ti connecting rods, full race exhaust, tuned up to R standards, carbon bits, and dare I ask rear sets? Win.

    And it won’t sit. It will see the track like my 1198SP did yesterday.

    The photo’s above are not the exact R they will be releasing and based on the electronic suspension ability, I’d bet it has the eleectronics to dial in each corner of the track based on the GPS, DDA+, ECU, Skyhook, etc.

  • Message in reply to Andrey’s ill-informed comment:
    Andrey says:
    September 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM
    NOT impressed with the finish on the tank… that is a crappy job. First thing I would want to do is fix the brush marks.
    …those aren’t brush marks, bro, they are wire wheel (possibly sand paper) finishing marks in the aluminum!

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