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Ducati reveals 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Monday 10 July 2017, By Autovolo

Ducati reveals 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Ducati reveals 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Ducati has revealed a special edition 1299 Panigale R, which could well be the last-ever two-cylinder Superbike produced by the manufacturer.

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a tribute to Ducati’s V-Twin engine. The engine has been in production since 1971, and has become famous for its success in the World Superbike Championship.

The special edition motorcycle features an uprated 1299 Superleggera engine, the Final Edition Superquadro. It produces 206bhp, and is paired with a Ducati Corse-developed monocoque chassis. With a dry weight of just 179kg, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition makes an impressive 1,168bhp per tonne.

The Final Edition bares a unique tricolour livery, as seen for the first time at the legendary Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. The venue played host to a World Superbike round last weekend, and the unique 1299 Panigale made its debut during pre-event festivities.

The twin-cylinder Ducati motor is going to be replaced by a MotoGP-inspired V4 from 2018, marking the end of an era spanning over 40 years.

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said: “No other motorcycle manufacturer has bound its name so tightly to an engine as Ducati has to its sports twin-cylinder. Today, we're here to celebrate its history, just as we stand on the cusp of a new era. But that's the future. Today, we want to pay homage to a twin-cylinder engine that - thanks to incredible torque and compactness - has seen Ducati win races in every World Superbike season it has ever participated in.”