Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Revealed
A tribute to the legendary twin-cylinder engine that had the most wins in SBK World Championship history, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a beastly 209 hp* Superquadro 1299 engine fit with racing components in a Panigale R chassis.
More than just an eye catching paint job the Final Edition Superquadro features a lighter crankshaft, a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing pads. The con-rods, like the intake-exhaust valves, are made of titanium, and the engine packs a 209 hp* punch at 11,000 rpm with 14.5 kgm of torque at 9,000 rpm, all in a Euro 4 compliant bike.
The chassis is the same as the Panigale R, with the beefy Öhlins mechanical suspension and a 24° rake, along with an all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high dual silencer (Euro 4 compliant), the very same as the Panigale R that competes in the World Superbike Championship.
The electronics package features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and is equipped with ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) and Engine Brake Control (EBC).
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, unveiled the new 1299 Panigale R Final Edition together with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri at Laguna Seca (California-US) for round eight of the World Superbike Championship.
"I'm incredibly proud to present this latest version of our Panigale" stated Claudio Domenicali during the presentation. "Maybe no other motorcycle manufacturer has bound its name so tightly to an engine as Ducati has to its sports twin-cylinder.
Today, we're here to celebrate its history, just as we stand on the cusp of a new era in which our desmodromic system will be used on a new generation of V4 engines derived from extensive experience in MotoGP, a championship in which our engine has demonstrated outstanding performance. But that's the future.
Today, we want to pay homage to a twin-cylinder engine that - thanks to incredible torque and compactness - has seen Ducati win races in every SBK championship it has ever participated in. In short, it's the engine that has written World Superbike history. From Marco Lucchinelli's first victory on 3rd April 1988 with the 851 at Donington Park (in the first-ever world championship for modified production models) to the stunning 2017 wins by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, Ducati has won no less than 333 races and taken 17 Constructors' titles and 14 Rider's titles”.