It’s been a few days since Ducati has unveiled their new flagship model, the 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale. That’s because we really wanted to delve into the figures and technology behind this bike and from what we can see it’s one of, if not the most sophisticated motorcycle ever made. It’s been overshadowed somewhat by the hype surrounding both the 2015 Yamaha YZF R1 and the Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R but this bike is something else again.
First, let’s look at a few numbers key numbers. 205 horsepower, 144.6 Nm of torque and 190.5 kg wet weight. In isolation they already sound impressive, but when compared to other contemporary motorcycles they are in fact quite amazing.
|2015 Ducati Panigale 1299||2015 Yamaha YZF R1||BMW S 1000 RR||2015 Aprillia RSV4|
|Engine||1,285 cc L-twin cylinder||998cc inline 4 cylinder||999 cc inline 4 cylinder||999.6 cc 65° V4 cylinder|
|Bore X Stroke||116 x 60.8 mm||79.00 x 50.9mm||80 mm x 49.7 mm||78 x 52.3 mm|
|Power||150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10,500 rpm||147.1 kW (200.0PS) @ 13,500 rpm||146 kW (198 hp) at 13,500 rpm||148 kW (201 hp) @ 13,000 rpm|
|Torque||144.6 Nm @ 8,750 rpm||112.4 Nm @ 11,500 rpm||113 Nm at 10,500 rpm||115 Nm at 10.500 rpm|
|Wet Weight||190.5 kg (420 lb)||199 kg (439 lb)||204 kg (449 lb)|
|Dry Weight||166.5 kg (367 lb)||N/A||175.5 kg||180 kg (without fluids AND battery)|
Two numbers really stand out – the weight of the Ducati 1299 Panigale and the torque of it’s engine. Unfortunately, not every motorcycle manufacturer releases both the wet and dry weights of their bikes, so a perfect comparison can’t always be made. But the Panigale 1299 weighs 14 kg less (dry) than the Aprilia RSV4 and just under 14 kg less than the BMW S 1000 RR with all fluids. These are impressive numbers from what are already light bikes. The Panigale ends up with a power to weight ratio of 1.07 hp/kg – pretty much the best seen in a road legal motorcycle save for Ducati’s own 1199 Panigale Superleggera (which wasn’t really a full production bike given only 500 were made at a cost of $65,000).
And that torque. That number of 144.6 Nm is nothing short of amazing. In fact, it reaches 117 Nm of torque at a mere 7,000 rpm. That’s more than the peak torque of any of the three bikes we’ve compared it to above and they’re the best of the best. Only the new supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 would be able to compete with that sort of power delivery, and it’s supercharger causes it to weigh over 30 kg more than the Ducati.
In addition to what is an amazing engine, The Ducati 1299 Panigale also features the most advanced suite of technological gizmos available in the one bike. Like the new Yamaha R1M, it features an Inertial Measurement Unit which measures acceleration in relation to the X, Y and Z Axis and calculates the bikes roll and pitch. With this the IMU and the ECU looks after:
- Cornering ABS
- 8-stage, lean angle sensitive wheelie control
- Ohlins Smart Electronic Suspension (available on the Panigale 1299 S)
- Quick Shift for both up and down shifts
- 8-stage, lean angle sensitive Ducati Traction Control
- Engine Brake Control
- Various Riding modes
There are plenty of bikes with those things available, but there’s not one bike that has them all at once. Also like the new Yamaha R1M, Ducati has fitted a GPS device which works with the Ducati Data Analyser. It automatically records the timing of each lap every time the 1299 Panigale crosses the finish line of a racetrack. When the rider, crossing the finish line, presses the high-beam flash button, this highly innovative system records the coordinates of the position and then records the timings of each successive lap once it’s been completed. This data can then be downloaded and analysed and even includes details on rear wheel spin and lean angles.
And just to confuse things slightly, because the 1299 Panigale’s engine is too big for WSBK, there’s also a 1,198 cc capacity version called the Panigale R. Amazingly, it still outputs the same 205 hp as it’s bigger capacity brothers. And while torque is down slightly to 136.2 Nm, it actually weighs even less at 184 kg with all fluids, hence it’s power to weight ratio is an incredible 1.11 hp/kg.
Ducati has created an incredible machine and it’s so good to see that while they’re pushing the envelope with horsepower, they’re not doing it at the expense of weight. Kawasaki, take note.
Pricing so far has only been released for the United Kingdom, with the 1299 Panigale listed at £16,995, the 1299 Panigale S with it’s electronic suspension at £20,795 and the made for racing Panigale R at £28,995. Release date for the United States and most other countries is expected around February of 2015.
|1299 Panigale||1299 Panigale S||Panigale R|
|Engine||Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled||Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled||Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|Capacity||1,285 cc||1,285 cc||1,198 cc|
|Power||150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10,500 rpm||150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10,500 rpm||150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 11,500 rpm|
|Torque||144.6 Nm (106.7 lb-ft) @ 8,750 rpm||144.6 Nm (106.7 lb-ft) @ 8,750 rpm||136.2 Nm (100.5 lb-ft) @ 10,250 rpm|
|Gear Box||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down|
|Front Brakes||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with Cornering ABS as standard||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with Cornering ABS as standard||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with Cornering ABS as standard|
|Rear Brakes||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with Cornering ABS as standard||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with Cornering ABS as standard||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with Cornering ABS as standard|
|Front Suspension||Marzocchi 50 mm pressurized and fully adjustable USD fork with hard anodized aluminum lightweight slider||Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode||Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm with adjustable pivot|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||200/55 ZR17||200/55 ZR17||200/55 ZR17|
|Wet Weight||190.5 kg (420 lb)||190.5 kg (420 lb)||184 kg (406 lb)|
|Tank Capacity||17 l - 4.5 gallon (US)||17 l - 4.5 gallon (US)||17 l - 4.5 gallon (US)|