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Ducati 1299 Panigale S – superbike

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Where technology is a step ahead.
Bring the Superquadro engine with an unprecedented 116 mm bore, 205 hp of pure adrenaline and 145 Nm of stunning torque together with the semi-active suspension and electronic steering damper governed by the Öhlins Smart EC system and technology takes a giant leap forward. The 1299 Panigale S stands apart with its full LED headlights and carbon fiber mudguard, excelling with auxiliary handlebar buttons and forged wheels. Undoubtedly the most thrilling superbike on the market.

For all its technical innovation and cutting-edge style, Ducati’s Panigale superbike may have been too much of a departure for many of the Ducati faithful. If a Duc without a trademark trellis frame came across as odd, a Superquadro desmo powerplant lacking robust midrange torque bordered on heresy.

The new 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale seeks redemption by righting the wrongs, perceived or otherwise, of the past couple years. If you think I’m being a bit melodramatic, here’s what Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali had to say: “When we first made the Panigale, we changed completely the concept of the frame, the engine and how they work together. And we change how you build a twin as it is not normal to have a twin with a 112mm bore.” Domenicali, who believes that a technical departure outside one’s comfort zone is required to achieve significant progress, added: “We did it so radical because…we wanted to have a tool that was for us a platform to be competitive with the four-cylinder bikes.”

The Ducati 1299 Panigale S model is equipped with Öhlins Smart EC suspension components featuring semi-active dynamic damping adjustment. Domenicali best describes the event-based suspension. “The funny thing about this is the system knows what you are doing. When you are braking, it’s the best suspension for braking; when you are cornering, then it’s the best suspension for cornering. The image in my mind is that it’s like having an Öhlins guy in your backpack continuously making changes with a screwdriver while you are riding on the racetrack.”

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