The Panigale line of motorcycles from Ducati is no more. But what a way to go!
The official statistics, specifications and details of the new, end-of-the-line celebration from Ducati can be found at the bottom of this page, but whilst they may be the numbers obsessed over by superbike forum users and people who like to quote rake and trail figures as if they have any clue as to what the actually mean, we’re going to spend some time discussing what the 1299 Panigale R actually means.
In essence this final version of Ducati’s V-Twin superbike is a remix of all of the best bits from previous versions of the luscious, Italian superbike; there are elements of 1299 Panigale, Panigale R and even 1299 Superleggera within the celebratory package.
The basis for the bike is – of course – pure 1299 Panigale, but it’s the 1299 Superleggera that is responsible for the engine donation – all of the superlight bits that made the difference on that machine are here in all their glory. As are the clutch, air intake and that sexy, Akrapovic exhaust.
The Panigale R offers up its aluminium, monocoque ‘frame’ and the Ohlins front forks and rear suspension.
Think of the 1299 Panigale R as Ducati’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album. All of the filler songs and slightly ‘less good’ tracks are gone and the production values have been improved with special guest stars along the way.
And if you can afford to make that bedroom poster dream a reality, then it can be yours for just shy of £35,ooo.
The new V4 superbike from Ducati is expected to be announced in November at this years international motorcyle show in Milan. But for now, let’s revel in the last of the great, Italian V-Twin sportsbikes.
1299 Panigale R Final Edition
- Red, white, green colour scheme and red wheels
- Superquadro engine: 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm
- EURO 4 compliant
- 2-segment pistons with 116 mm diameter to boost compression ratio
- Lighter crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads
- Increased-diameter titanium intake / exhaust valves
- Cylinder head with specially developed intake and exhaust ducts
- Camshafts with increased lift
- Complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high-mount dual silencer
- Electronic package with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
- Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet)
- Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS and DTC EVO)
- DWC EVO, EBC, DQS up/down
- Öhlins mechanical suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber)
- Öhlins adjustable steering damper
- Forged light alloy wheels
- Auxiliary control keys
- High-permeability air filter
- Automatic tyre calibration and final drive ratio system
- DDA+ GPS and lean angle display
- Li-ion battery
With 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is, together
with the 1299 Superleggera, the most powerful Ducati twin ever. The Euro 4 compliant “Final Edition”
Superquadro engine features a lightened crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing
pads. Like the intake-exhaust valves, the con-rods are made of titanium. The two 116 mm diameter
pistons, instead, as on Superbike engines, have just two segments and slide on steel cylinder liners.
The intake valves have a diameter of 48 mm as opposed to the 46.8 mm on the 1299 Panigale; exhaust
valves have a diameter of 39.5 mm (against 38.2 mm on the 1299 Panigale). Intake and exhaust ducts
have undergone development accordingly, improving fluid dynamics thanks also to new camshafts that
offer both improved profiles and increased valve lift.
The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition features a clutch with new slipper and self-servo system, giving
heightened ‘feel’ and ride stability thanks also to the use of a new forged aluminium clutch basket.
The air intake system uses a high-permeability filter while the throttle body features new aerodynamic
throttle openings with a profile designed to improve airflow. Intake horn heights have, instead, been
optimised for each cylinder head, unlike the 1299 Panigale which has horns of the same length.
Lastly, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition has a complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with a high dual
silencer (Euro 4 compliant), just like the one on the official Panigale that competes in the World
The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition mounts the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This sends
information on vehicle dynamics to the ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO) and
Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) systems. An automatic tyre size calibration and final drive ratio
system ensures optimal DTC EVO, DWC EVO and Engine Brake Control (EBC) performance at all
times. All these systems have several intervention levels, pre-selected according to the Riding Mode
(Race, Sport and Wet) and which can be personalised as desired. Moreover, the 1299 Panigale R Final
Edition features Ducati Data Analysis+ GPS (DDA+ GPS) and lets the rider record lean angles.
Completing the impressive array of electronic devices are the racing-derived handlebar switchgears that
allow fast DTC, DWC or EBC adjustments during track riding.
Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
The DTC EVO on the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is based on an algorithm that ensures faster, more
precise intervention. The DTC EVO interfaces with the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU),
constantly measuring the lean angle and using it to accurately calculate the degree of intervention
needed to ensure suitable rear wheelspin (according to the DTC EVO level setting).
Moreover, the DTC EVO also acts on the throttle body valves and controls spark and injection advance.
In all situations not requiring fast intervention of the DTC EVO, use of the throttle body valves maintains
optimal combustion parameters, ensuring more fluid engine response and control.
With simpler types of traction control, detection of rear wheelspin sees the system intervene to hold it in
check. When optimal grip is re-established the system reduces intervention until spin reoccurs and the
cycle repeats. This produces a graph that shows intervention oscillating around a theoretical “ideal
intervention line” that represents the traction limit. DTC EVO reduces the magnitude of those
oscillations, making the system operate closer to the perfect intervention line. This is particularly
advantageous in situations where grip changes, such as when the rear tyre becomes worn.
In addition to this enhanced intervention precision, when set to ‘1’ or ‘2’ the DTC EVO adds a new
function that allows the bike to be ridden at a level previously reserved for experts and pros. Now, when
the bike is leaned over, the rider can use the throttle to request more wheelspin than would be given by
the normal intervention level, allowing the bike to pivot around its front wheel and complete the taken
cornering line. DTC EVO lets riders to do this while keeping safety parameters under control, effectively
letting then ‘close’ the taken line with the rear wheel.
Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition also comes equipped with the latest version of Ducati Wheelie
Control (DWC) EVO. This system has been overhauled in terms of both controller structure and
algorithm, ensuring a more accurate response to the rider’s needs. With DWC EVO, wheelie detection is
more accurate and the system intervenes to keep it in check more firmly and precisely than ever.
Engine Brake Control (EBC)
The EBC (Engine Brake Control) system was developed to help riders optimise vehicle stability under
extreme turn-in conditions in MotoGP and Superbike championship races; it does so by balancing the
forces applied to the rear tyre under severe engine-braking conditions. The EBC monitors the throttle
position, selected gear and crankshaft deceleration rate under heavy braking and administers precise
Ride-by-Wire throttle openings to balance the torque forces acting on the tyre. There are three EBC
levels: set via the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition control panel, they are automatically integrated into the
three Riding Modes to give riders even more efficient assistance.
Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
In addition to minimising shift times, the DQS with up/down function allows clutchless down-changes,
making hard braking more effective than ever. The system includes a two-way microswitch built into the
shift lever linkage; when the gear shift is actuated, it sends a signal to the ECU. Thanks to full Ride-byWire
control, the system works differently for up-changes and down-changes, integrating spark advance
and injection adjustment during upshifts with an auto-blipper function during downshifts. Extent and
duration of system operation are designed to ensure seamless shifting even during extreme track riding;
during downshifts the system works in concert with the slipper clutch and the EBC.
Developed in the hyper-competitive racing world, the ultra-compact monocoque structure has, by
incorporating the airbox, played a pivotal role in keeping the dry weight of the 1299 Panigale R Final
Edition down to just 179 kg**.
The compact, enhanced-strength die-cast aluminium monocoque structure uses the Superquadro
engine as a stressed member of the frame. Attached to the cylinder heads, the monocoque protrudes
forward to house the steering head bearings, contained in two aluminium bushes. In addition to working
as a frame, the monocoque also acts as an air-box. It contains, in fact, not just the air filter but also the
throttle bodies and the fuel circuit, complete with injectors, and is sealed off by the aluminium fuel tank bottom.
The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition comes equipped with mechanical suspension and a 24° rake. Up
front, the bike mounts 43 mm fully adjustable Öhlins NIX 30 TiN-coated upside down forks, while the
“Final Edition” rear features a fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 monoshock with titanium spring. The 1299
Panigale R Final Edition also has an adjustable Öhlins steering damper.
On the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, massive stopping power is provided by Brembo M50 monobloc
calipers, designed to be compact and weight-saving. Machined from a solid alloy block, the calipers
ensure greater stiffness and resistance to warping during hard braking. This means increased hydraulic
efficiency, ensuring both spectacular stopping power and enhanced brake lever precision and ‘feel’. The
dual Brembo Monobloc calipers, each mounting four pistons with a diameter of 30 mm, bite down on 330
mm discs to give exceptional braking effectiveness. Last but not least, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
mounts the ABS Cornering system, managed by the ultra-light Bosch 9.1 MP control unit.