DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R: PERFECTION
The Ducati Superbike family presents the highly-anticipated 1199 Panigale R, the absolute flagship of the range and the machine specially developed with enhanced technical specification by Ducati Corse for World Superbike homologation. Its design includes a number of specially developed components intended for connoisseurs of performance and, as part of an ongoing initiative of reacting immediately to owner feed-back, its arrival introduces a series of enhancements throughout the 1199 range. These enhancements include improved heat protection for the rider and latest generation engine management mapping and Ride-by-Wire calibration.
The R takes everything the formidable S model is currently equipped with, including top-of-the-range Öhlins electronic suspension, and applies a list of enhancements that enable the model to achieve even greater targets. While the chassis now sports an adjustable swingarm pivot position and numerous weight-saving components in carbon fibre, the engine adopts titanium con-rods, which save an overall 0.63kg, a 0.7kg lighter crankshaft flywheel and DLC-coated rocker-arms.
These engine modifications now enhance the Superquadro crank acceleration and allow it to rev 500rpm higher to a new 12,000rpm limit, an incredible engineering achievement for 112mm pistons. The higher limit has also enabled the model’s final drive to use a 41 tooth rear sprocket, effectively delivery more torque to the rear wheel without compromising top-end speed.
The race-oriented “R” model also features a 4-point adjustable swingarm pivot, designed to enable riders a personalised and precise set-up of varying levels of pro or anti-squat to optimise traction on corner exit. The settings are dialled-in using two user-friendly eccentric adjusters that offer pivot positions at +2mm higher, -2mm lower and -4mm lower than the standard position, each positively and accurately locked and located. The clearly marked, easy-to-use system provides optimum adjustability for competition use.
The 1199 Panigale R is dressed in Ducati red with defining white race features and sporting a mix of red and brushed aluminium on the fuel tank. Ducati Corse graphics in white proudly decorate the fairing side panels with Ducati Corse logos mounted also on fuel tank top and front fender.