Does the Ducati 1199 Panigale SP Cometh?

09/05/2012 @ 12:58 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

You may have been hearing a bit about this EPA compliance spreadsheet that has been outing more than its fair share of new motorcycles for the 2013 model-year. Tipping us off to a number of Kawasaki’s soon-to-be-announced models, like the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 400R, the return of the 636cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, our continued torture with the carb-based Kawasaki Ninja 250R, EPA document also makes mention of a BMW F800GT, as well as a Ducati 1199 Panigale SP.

As any good Ducatisti knows, the Italian brand’s SP models boast more farkle for the buck, which helps Ducati move more product by doing a pseudo-update to the model. Out for only a year now, the Ducati 1199 Panigale has been selling well in the United States, as well as abroad, which makes this hint about an SP variant a bit surprising given the sales success thus far.

However peculiar, the EPA document lists the following models from Ducati under the the 1199 Panigale line item: 1199 Panigale ABS, 1199 Panigale S, 1199 Panigale SP, 1199 PanigaleS ABS, 1199PanigaleS TCLE ABS, which accounts for all the models currently in Ducati North America’s line-up, plus one extra: the SP version.

With Ducati already set to debut three versions of its water-cooled Hypermotard 848 at EICMA later this year, there are rumors the Ducati Superbike 848 could also be replaced, with several models getting re-worked as well. OurĀ suspicionĀ is that the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak edition will get an update with the livery the team ran at this year’s hill climb, while the Ducati 1199 Panigale SP could debut, and help make more sense out of the Panigale’s expensive price tag. As always, time will tell.

Source: EPA

  • Andrey

    Perhaps it needs to be in production in order to be homologated for racing somewhere in the world next year???

  • Ed

    I just clicked on the EPA document link and I see no mention of Panigale or 1199 anywhere. Perhaps they have pulled it already ???

  • E.P.A. needs to look after more important than noise regs. on production bikes… Taking all the fun out of everything!!!

  • paulus

    Maybe it will get the Japanese specification :)

  • Ed, it would appear so. The latest list is short about 42 entries. Looks like the word got out ;)

  • Damo

    I am SUPER interested in how the new Hypermotard turns out. I hope it drops with roughly the same power as the Sytreetfighter 848, but maybe in a package sans the rider aids. (I don’t personally need traction control on a bike with less than 140hp)

    If it is priced right that may be my new machine.

  • This bike boasts more farkle? Is that a contraction of f_cking-sparkle, are you a Zonk player, or am I missing something?

  • You need to spend more time abroad Deez.

    Farkles are the extra bits that people put on their bikes to compensate for the absence of other qualities, e.g. full system exhausts, carbon fiber bodywork, elaborate data recorders, and Knightrider-esque headlights.

  • I did not find the Panigale SP in the spreadsheet you are talking about. Can you point it out to me?

  • sunstroke

    I think the new SP will be a 1000cc motorcycle. Ducati are not keen on the 1200cc rules b/c they don’t like the air restrictors or the performance balancing. They have withheld the 1199 Panigale from WSBK competition this year specifically b/c they don’t care for the current rules.

    Next year, the rules are set to change as the five-year rules contract expires. The new technical rules and homologation procedures will probably recreate a level playing field for all 1000cc motorcycles. Unlike 2007, Ducati have the financial means, thanks to the reorganization and the Audi purchase, to pursue 1000cc SBKs.

  • I want some of whatever you’re on.