Ducati have taken the wraps off the 2015 Panigale 1299 at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. " A sportsbike, the 1299 Panigale promises to set a whole new standard thanks to its raw power and sophisticated electronics," said Claudio Domenicali, CEO – Ducati Motor Holding, while introducing the new Panigale. "For Ducati, 2015 is a milestone, as Ducati enthusiasts will be able to choose from a range more technologically advanced and innovatively designed than ever," he added.
The 2015 Panigale 1299 is powered by Ducati's 1285cc 'Superquadro' L-twin that produces 205 horsepower and 145Nm of torque. The Ducati weighs an astonishing 166.5 kilos dry, which means the power-to-weight ratio will be mind-blowing. And like its predecessor, the 1299 Panigale has an impressive suite of electronics, which now includes three different riding modes, a new 'Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU),' cornering ABS, wheelie control, Ducati quick shift system (usable for downshifting also) and, on the S version, the Öhlins Smart EC, an event-based suspension control system.
We suppose the new 1299 Panigale will continue to give European and Japanese litre-class superbikes a tough time, though the new Yamaha YZF-R1M and Kawasaki H2 should definitely be able to trade punches with the Italian brute this time around. Yes, 2015 should be very, very interesting!
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