The new Panigale R has everything you could ask for – power, performance, handling, electronics and styling. You just need to bring talent
Ducati have just unveiled the 2015 Panigale R, which has now been homologated for WSBK. Unlike the 1299 Panigale, which is powered by Ducati’s bigger 1285cc L-twin, the new Panigale R continues with the earlier 1198cc Superquadro L-twin to ensure that it stays within engine displacement limits specified by World Superbikes. With titanium intake and exhaust valves, titanium con-rods, two-ring pistons and an extremely lightweight crankshaft that’s balanced with tungsten inserts, the Panigale R rocks out with 205 horsepower at 11,500rpm and 136Nm at 10,250rpm. And that’s not too bad if you consider the fact that the actual WSBK racebike has 210bhp at the crank. Also, at 184kg, the Panigale R streetbike is a mere 16kg heavier than the racebike!
Ducati claim further improvements have been made to the Panigale R’s suite of electronics, with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) having been added on, and with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) having been reworked to also function on downshifts. And if that isn’t enough already, the bike’s traction control, wheelie control and engine braking control have all been optimised by an automatic calibration system, which allows for easy changes in tyre size and the final drive ratio. Race-spec, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber), lightweight forged aluminium wheels, colour TFT display for instrumentation (with a lean angle indicator!) and a full titanium Akrapoviç exhaust system complete the mind-blowing package that’s the Panigale R.
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