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2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike

When Ducati pulled the cover off its all-new superbike last year, the 1199 Panigale, it arrived in only one color – traditional Ducati Red.

But at the 2012 INTERMOT international motorcycle show in Cologne in Germany, Ducati reported it will offer its 2013 standard and S models in the popular Arctic White, along with the usual red.

Besides this new color option, though, nothing has changed on the 1199, which once again is offered in the standard, S and S Tricolore versions.

Like last year, the standard 1199 Panigale will arrive with Marzocchi’s 50mm aluminum front forks, Sachs rear suspension, a steering damper, Ducati Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ride-by-Wire (RbW) and optional ABS.

The 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S is also available with optional ABS and electronics listed above, but arrives with Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) that utilizes an Öhlins electronic 43mm front forks with adjustable Öhlins steering damper, and an Öhlins electronic TTX suspension unit on the rear.

Besides the electronic (DES), the S model arrives on lightweight forged and machined Marchesini wheels, a carbon fiber front fender, full LED lighting, and an Aero Kit, which Ducati says consists of “two lateral attachments for the top section of the fairing, designed to further enhance the machine’s aerodynamic penetration and reduce its drag coefficient.”

The 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore version is completed loaded, arriving with all of the S model features, standard ABS, and a Red, White and Green Italian-color paint scheme.
The S Tricolore also features the new generation DDA+ (Ducati Data Analyzer) with special GPS lap time function as well as a titanium racing muffler kit by Ducati Performance.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale Story

Everything about the 1199 screams passion, from the 195-horspower Superquadro motor to the three rider modes to the eight levels of traction control to the redesigned non-trellis Monocoque chassis that helped shaved 22 pounds on Ducati’s superbike.

The 1199’s Superquadrata motor, named due to its massively over-square bore and stroke, is a totally new engine that features the latest in Ducati technology, although still a 90-degree L-Twin.

The Superquadrata features a host of Ducati innovations, including larger titanium valves, race-derived pistons, vacuum die-casted crankcases using Vacural technology and of course the desmodromic valve system.

Ducati says: “The Desmo system actuates valve closure mechanically with the same method and accuracy as it opens, enabling steep cam profiles, radical cam timings, large valves and high operating speeds. This system is used on every single Ducati motorcycle and constantly proven on Ducati Corse’s World Superbikes and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.”

Feeding the 1199’s Superquadrata that produces 195 horsepower and 98.1 ft. lbs. of torque are high-flowing oval 67.5mm throttle bodies that are controlled by a Ride-by-Wire system. And with this new Desmo arrives a six-speed transmission with larger and stronger gears, a wet slipper clutch, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), and 15,000-mile service intervals.

Regarding the chassis, one thing that immediately garners attention from Ducati enthusiasts is the lack of the trellis frame on the 1199 Panigale. In order to create optimal handling while saving weight, Ducati designed an all-new frame for the 1199 – an aluminum monocoque frame that uses the Superquadrata engine as a stressed member; this design helps shave 11 lbs. of weight from the new Superbike.

Ducati says: “The monocoque attaches to the cylinder heads of the new specially designed engine, protruding forward to house the steering head bearings and forming the airbox along the way, which is capped-off and sealed when the 2.9kg (6.3lb) lighter aluminum fuel tank is attached, again using one component to the fulfill the roles of two.”

This chassis design also features better weight distribution, allowing 52 percent up front, and 48 percent at the rear compared to the 50/50 design of the previous superbike, the 1198. This task was completed by rotating the engine in the 1199’s chassis.

Ducati says: “While the cylinders remain true to Ducati’s signature 90° L-twin configuration, the new engine has rotated the top-end backwards around the crankshaft a further 6 degrees to give more clearance on the front wheel and enable engineers to modify the front and rear weight bias. This also enables a front-end geometry of 25.5° of rake and 100mm (3.94 inches) of trail.”

The aluminum, single-sided swingarm was also lengthened 39mm over the 1198. This increased the wheelbase to 56.6 inches, enhancing the weight distribution on the 1199 Panigale.

But Ducati didn’t stop there, the 1199 Panigale designers further enhancing agility through other items on the Ducati.

Ducati says: “With the exhaust system now relocated below the engine, the die-cast aluminum rear sub-frame is considerably lighter and also attaches directly to the Superquadrata engine, while the super lightweight, magnesium front sub-frame attaches directly to the monocoque frame, providing secure support for the headlamp, instrumentation and fairing. This combination of weight saving and centralization of mass around these high front and rear sub-frame areas substantially contributes to overall vehicle agility.”

Handling the front suspension on the standard 1199 are 50mm Marzocchi inverted forks with hard-anodized aluminum sliders. The forks feature full adjustability (spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping), and due to the design shave an additional 2.2 lbs. off the 1199 Panigale. Out back, the 1199 Panigale features a fully adjustable Sachs rear suspension.

The 1199 Panigale S and 1199 Panigale S Tricolore are further enhanced with front and rear Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) built by Ohlins. This system utilizes 43mm Ohlins NIX30 forks and an Ohlins TTX36 rear unit, which are both electronically adjustable in compression and rebound, while spring pre-load is manual.

Just as impressive as the suspension is the brake setup on the Ducati 1199 Panigale. The superbike is equipped with Brembo Monoloc M50 calipers (called M50 due to the 50th anniversary of the Italian company Brembo).

The design helps further shave some weight, and each four piston caliper grips 330mm discs up front, and a two-piston caliber bites a 245mm disc out back.

The brakes are enhanced by the latest Bosch ABS technology that features three riding modes – Race (only ABS up front), Sport and Wet. ABS is optional on the standard 1199 Panigale and 1199 Panigale S, but standard on the Tricolore.

Speaking of the ABS, Ducati says “remaining almost undetectable at the lever, these advanced features enable shorter braking distances by optimizing brake force distribution for superior vehicle stability.”

The 2012 Ducati Panigale rolls on 10-spoke wheels with a 3.5-inch wide front and a 6-inch wide rear, and arrives with Pirelli Diablo Supercrosa SP tires (120/70 ZR17 front, 200/55 ZR17 rear).

Regarding ergonomics, Ducati says the new “parameters for seat position and handlebar are defined to offer a fatigue-free riding position which ensure a perfect integration between the rider and the bike. Seat-to-handlebar dimension is shorter, 30mm (1.18in), and bar height is higher, 10mm (0.39in), and wider, 32mm (1.26in).”

Further enhanced with electronics, the Ducati 1199 Panigale features a Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system that offers Race Riding Mode, Sport Riding Mode and Wet Riding Mode, and Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) that uses an eight-level system interaction to “enhance control by reducing wheel-spin and the latest generation of ABS processor provides ideal anti-lock levels.”

As for the riding modes, the Race offers full 195 horsepower with direct RbW, and on the “S” versions an instant track-oriented suspension set-up.

The Sport mode offers a full 195 horsepower, but with a smoother RbW, and on the “S” versions a sport-oriented suspension set-up.

The Wet mode provides 120 horsepower delivered with a “smooth” RbW throttle response, increased DTC system intervention, and on the “S” versions, a suspension set-up optimized for low grip conditions.

And with all this new performance and new technology arrives new styling. The fairings now roll gently back into the streamlined tail, and the signature horizontal twin headlamps are more integrated with the intake ducts, creating a racier look.

Following are the specs for the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale. The 2013 MSRP wasn’t yet released, but is expected to be the same as last year (listed below specs).

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale Specs:

Engine:

  • Type: Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  • Bore x Stroke: 112 x 60.8mm
  • Power: 195hp (143kw) @ 10,750rpm
  • Torque: 98.1lb-ft (132Nm) @ 9,000rpm
  • Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminum outer sleeves. The S Tricolore gets a titanium racing muffler kit by Ducati Performance.
  • Transmission: 6-Speed
  • Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

Chassis

  • Frame: Monocoque aluminum
  • Front suspension (Standard): Marzocchi 50mm pressurized and fully adjustable usd fork with hard anodized aluminum lightweight slider
  • Front suspension (S, Tricolore S): Öhlins NIX30 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable usd fork. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment
  • Front wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
  • Rear suspension (Standard): Fully adjustable Sachs unit; Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat; Aluminum single-sided swingarm
  • Rear Suspension (S, Tricolore S): Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit; Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment; Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat; Aluminum single-sided swingarm.
  • Rear wheel: 10 spoke light alloy 6.00″ x 17″
  • Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 4-piston calipers: ABS optional +2.5kg (+5.5lb)
  • Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Fuel tank capacity: 17l (4.5 gallon US)
  • Dry weight (Standard, S): 164kg (361.5lb)
  • Dry weight (Tricolore S): 166.5kg (367lb)
  • Wet weight (Standard, S): 188kg (414.5lb)
  • Wet weight (Tricolore S): 190.5kg (420lb)

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale Versions/MSRP:

  • Standard (Red or white) / $17,995 ($18,995 ABS)
  • S (Red or white) / $22,995 ($23,995 ABS)
  • Tricolore S / $27,995