Cutaway Photos of the Ducati Superquadro Engine

01/31/2012 @ 7:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

I was flipping through some photos from the 2011 EICMA show, and found these shots of the Ducati 1199 Panigale‘s Superquadro engine. Unfortunately at the show, Ducati had its 1199cc v-twin motor behind a Lexan case, which created a bit of a glare, reflections, and of course had smudges from the touchy-feely Italian crowd. But still, the photos give a good idea of what’s going on in Ducati’s most-advanced production engine to date, and are better than just looking at the CAD renders (photos & movie).

If you look at the shots very closely, you can almost see where the 195hp and 98 lbs•ft of torque is lurking inside. Visible are the gear/chain-driven cams, which help aid the 15,000 mile service interval (and help avoid the almost yearly Ducati tax that came with the old motor design). Also visible is the new wet slipper clutch ride-by-wire system, which help complete the Superquadro’s departure from what we used to think of as iconic elements to Ducati’s twins. Photos after the jump.

Photos: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Doctor Jelly

    I know people keep talking about how it’s Britton-esque in that it’s ‘frameless’, but I see a little Buell in there too with the upper frame bit being doubling as the airbox.

    I’ve got a question that’s been bugging me though: I still don’t see how it’s considered a monocoque design. I thought to be considered such, the pretty outside has to be structural as well…

  • spytech

    the frame/airbox, is one structure made out of one piece of cast aluminum, that is your monocoque right there. it is the best engine out there in superbikes for sure. though i think with the higher in the rpm torque delivery, it might not be as good on the street than the 1198 was. we still have to see how fast it builds the rpm’s, i am just basing this on numbers.

    awesome bike!

  • BBQdog

    Hope they tested it thouroughly, but that airbox doesn’t look very solid to me.

  • Bob

    These pics reinforce what I’ve been saying the past 6 months. As someone who prefers to do all my own maintenance, this piece of machinery turns me off. I have no desire to pay a local shop $85/hr for a lot of hours of tedious work. This thing is way too complex for self servicing. It’s way too complicated for shop servicing. It could take 3-4 hours to do something simple that might take 30 minutes on an I-4. Pretty much have to take the whole bike apart to do anything beyond changing a spark plug. Maybe it is a fantastic track bred bike, but for the street… Forgettaboutit.

    Total cost of ownership will put this in with luxury cars.

  • MikeD


    Look twice…u still can change plugs and do valve checks and adjustments w/o having to split apart frame and engine.

    AND…UNLIKE my SV1000N wich to remove and replace the engine is an involved procedure + special tools…this Ducati seems pretty str8 forward to me… 4 Nuts and is all loose ? There may be more to it but i can’t see on first sight.

    Honestly…i thought there was going to be more fasteners conecting the frame/engine complex.

  • Minibull

    Got to agree with Bob. We wont know till its out, but remember there is no other frame, trellis or anything to get in the way. Course you have cable, but thats standard.
    To take the engine out might be slighty tricky. Still, it dosnt look that bad…

  • Masterpiece! but Rossi didn’t liked much ?

  • Bob

    Guys, keep in mind, when you remove the engine, the front and back halves are now separate pieces with nothing connecting them in the middle but wires. You now have disconnect all the wiring to get 2 whole pieces to carry to the corner of the garage instead of being able to roll it as a rolling chassis that uses an actual frame. Need to change out the worn timing chain guides? It looks like you have to unbolt multiple covers and remove othe components. This whole engine assembly is layer upon layer of stuff to take apart to get to something. Need to synch the throttle bodies? They’re buried inside the tight little airbox. Everything between the front and rear wheels looks like an absolute PITA to maintain. All I have to say to furure owners is I hope you have a large and available limit on your credit card because the labor to get these worked on by a shop will send you to the poor-house.

  • Bill

    I have to agree with Bob, and to add something I noticed. How in the HE!! do you change the Air Filter. It looks like it requires a complete tear down of the front end!!!

    Beautiful bike, and great ideas. (@ thneves: at the level any mortal would ride this bike I doubt you would notice the problems Rossi had/has)

    But no thanks, I’ll keep my Aprilia. :-)

  • MikeD


    On plain sight…thru the hole under the “fuel tank”. No rocket science there…i think ?

    I think u guys are grabbing the torches and pitchforks up too soon.
    I can symphatize when the time comes to unload the engine…but other than that…i think is pretty much the same as any other run of the mill late model superbike…TONS OF CRAP in the way to get to any component.