Giving us a little teaser of what we will be riding tomorrow, the folks at Borgo Panigale are hoping the newest iteration of their namesake, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, lives up to the expectations assembled here in Austin, Texas.

The lightest sport bike ever from Ducati, the Panigale R comes with a few changes from its base model and “S” predecessors, namely the inclusions of titanium con-rods, a lightened flywheel, DLC-coated rocker-arms, a four-point adjustable swingarm pivot-point, a 500 rpm rev boost, and a bit more power (courtesy of a full-system race exhaust and ECU).

These engine improvements are said to give the Ducati 1199 Panigale R a 201hp peak-horsepower figure, a modest 6% gain up top, but also a 15% increase in the midrange, something the other models noticeably needed. Meanwhile, the adjustable swingarm is said to improve the chassis considerably…all things we will have to see for ourselves tomorrow morning.

More A/V candy on the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R awaits after the jump. Ducatisti enjoy.

Source: Ducati (YouTube)

  • Jake F.

    The bike is nice, but what I could really use is one of those choruses to follow me around and make everything I do seem awesome.

  • Gutterslob

    Got a little excited seeing number 11 there. Thought it was Xaus back on a Duc.

    Bike’s alright I suppose, but tbh, that Nikon telephoto lens gave me a bigger buzz.

  • Matt

    @ Jake F

    You watch way too much Family Guy.

  • A&R commenters…always an eclectic bunch.

  • Norm G.

    re: “The Pursuit of Perfection”

    the legal department at Toyota/Lexus are busy drafting a cease and decist letter and looking up mailing addresses in the bologna region of italy.

  • Tony C

    at 0:40, can we have a bigger lens, please?!?!