When it comes to luxury products worldwide, there are two king countries: France and Italy.
But in the world of mechanical perfection, thrilling speed and racing glory, Italy obviously trumps France in almost every realm. Small volumes, extreme passion, engineering focus all help to deliver a quicker pulse, guaranteed.
Ducati is the latest masterpiece to wear this two-wheeled-Ferrari crown thanks to the race-fast 1299 Panigale, plus its two bad-ass siblings, the 899 Panigale and 1299 Panigale S. With pricing from $25,000 for the Panigale S, there is no better way to enter the Italian mechanical exotica club than this new bike.
Changes versus the 1199 Panigale include a new adaptive damper system by Ohlins, all-LED lighting, and a huge jump in torque across the rev band.
205-horsepower will definitely come on strong, so we’ve also included the official accessories gallery to carbon-fiber bike mods and the full track clothing package: from underwear to reinforced-knee leather suits.
2015 Ducati 899 Panigale
2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale
2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
Superquadro L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke
Technical data referring to power and torque was measured on an engine test stand at Ducati.
Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
2-1-2 full titanium system with stainless steel exhaust headers, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin titanium mufflers with carbon fibre end caps
6 speed with DQS Ducati Quick Shift up/down
Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.77:1
1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Öhlins NIX30 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable usd fork.
3-spoke forged light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm with adjustable pivot
3 spoke forged light alloy 6.00″ x 17″
200/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front wheel travel
Rear wheel travel
2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50- 4piston callipers with cornering ABS as standard equipment
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper with cornering ABS as standard equipment
Colour TFT Display
2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
Dimensions and weight
Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight (KERB)
Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Number of seats
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, DTC, DQS up/down, DWC, EBC, Fully RbW, DDA+ with GPS and lean angle acquisition, Auto tyre calibration. Titanium connecting rods and valves, balanced crankshaft. Lithium-ion battery. Auxiliary adjustment buttons.
24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals
12.000 km (7,500m) /12 months
Valve clearance check
Emissions and Consumption
Euro 3 (Europe) – USA: follows the US Federal Regulation
2015 Ducati Panigale Accessories
2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale Apparel
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