Ducati Unveil 1299 Panigale S Anniversario

Casey Stoner unveils latest new Ducati offering

Ducati has unveiled the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, its most technically advanced Panigale yet and the bike built to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary.

Casey Stoner and Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali unveiled the bike to the crowds at World Ducati Week last weekend.

Ducati says the bike is the pinnacle of road-going superbike development and that the new electronics is the most advanced currently available for a road going bike.

Ducati Unveil 1299 Panigale S AnniversarioWhile the bike is based on the current 1299 Panigale S, technical and electronic upgrades have lifted the specification levels to be as close as possible to the factory World Superbike.

The 205 bhp (151 kW) engine is basically unchanged, but Ducati has fitted it with uprated EVO versions of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems.

The bike also has Bosch cornering ABS, Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) for bi-directional clutchless gear changes, Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Öhlins Smart EC semi-active suspension.

The front end geometry can also be adjusted with a steering head insert, bringing the front wheel forward 5mm to match the geometry of the Panigale R.

Weight has been reduced by 2.5kg by using a special lightweight lithium battery, carbon-fibre heelguards, hugger, and a different rear shock unit.

The new black, white and red colour scheme has clearly been inspired by the MotoGP bikes, and gold-painted wheels with a hint of gold in the Akrapovic exhaust visually set the bike apart from anything else in the range.

Only 500 will be available worldwide, and each one will cost an estimated AUD $43,000 based on leaked European prices.

Also spotted at World Ducati Week is what we believe to be a new 939 Supersport S.

At this stage not a lot is known about the bike other than it is expected to be more road focussed than the Panigale range, but still have three rider modes, 8-level traction control, and fully adjustable suspension.

The bike is very much a project at the moment but rumours are that it will be shown at Milan in November and available from the middle of 2017.

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