2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale
With a claimed 195 horsepower from the brand-new Superquadro
L-Twin Desmo, the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale will become the motorcycle with the highest power-to-weight ratio.
This is mostly due to the "radically" designed Superquadro engine, the name deriving from the massively over-square bore and stroke ratio. This engine is completely new in the Ducati lineup; out of 500 engine parts, the Superquadro only kept 15 elements of the previous model 1198, including Fabio Taglioni’s 90-degree L-Twin configuration and Desmodromic valve control.The Superquadro also features elements designed from the same MotoGP technology used in Valentino Rossi’s bike, such as the vacuum pump in the crankcase.Ducati says: "The pump is driven by the main oil pump shaft and effectively maintains constant vacuum in the crankcase area below the pistons, reducing atmospheric resistance during the down- stroke of the piston and controlling the internal ‘breathing’ of the engine."This new Ducati feat won’t be unveiled until the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan Nov. 10-13. But the Italian company continues to release bits of information leading up to the unveiling of the 1199 Panigale, including the official Ducati video above that describes the Superquadro.