The Name’s Official: Ducati 1199 Panigale

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Ducati 1199 Panigale Teaser Video

For 2012, Ducati is breaking with tradition. Instead of naming it’s new “project 0801” by its displacement such as the 1098 and 1198, Ducati has added an extension.

Ducati reported Wednesday that this new machine that will replace the current 1198 Superbike will officially be called the “1199 Panigale,” pronounced “Pan-ee-gah-lee.” And of course, Ducati reports the 1199 will be referred to as eleven-nine-nine.

Besides the name and some imagery released in the above teaser video, along with loads of spy photos found all over the web, Ducati also reported that the 1199 Panigale will be unveiled at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, Nov. 10-13.

Regarding Italian machinery, the 1199 is the 2012 superbike that’s garnering the most attention. But Ducati wants to keep that anticipation at full force until the EICMA.

Ducati says: “The wait to discover the incredible performance, innovative design and ground-breaking technologies of the new 1199 Panigale will continue for just a few more weeks.”

The Panigale association is due to Ducati’s historic roots in the Borgo Panigale area of Bologna.

Ducati says: “In an Italian territory known as ‘Motor Valley’ and where high performance and racing runs through the veins of its passionate people, Ducati now underline their pride in being world ambassadors for the ‘Made in Italy’ title by immortalizing their home town in the name of the new Superbike.”

As for racing, the Ducati 1199 Panigale will compete in the 2012 FIM Superstock Championship, and make its debut in World Superbike for 2013.

Ducati says: “The two-stage introduction enables Ducati additional development for the Superbike version of the 1199 Panigale, appropriate to the more open regulations of the World Superbike category, and in addition help control costs for World Superbike teams who can continue to compete with a 2012 version of the 1198 with technical support from Ducati Engineers.”

For now, this is all of the official info available on the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale. Many are speculating about the frame and motor used on the new Ducati Superbike, which is said to break with tradition. Allegedly, long gone is the trellis frame and L-Twin, although the 90-degree twin remains, just not in it’s normal configuration within the frame.

As stated before, Ducati wanted to build further anticipation, and it’s working. We’ll just have to wait until November (ugh, ugh, ugh).

Until Milan…



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