Dream machine roars into view
The latest Ducati Panigale spearheads one of the most impressive model ranges in the manufacturer's history. This model has so many innovative features that you could spend many hours just discovering the detail of the most advanced Superbike ever produced. It come in two variations, basic and 's' model and it is the basic model that we look at here.
Ducati's are never cheap so you'll be well prepared to pay a premium price to get your hands on one of these beauties. The standard bike will set you back a mere £15,126 and if you opt for ABS then the figure will rise to £15,881. If your pockets are deep enough, then £20,000 will get you an 's'.
What is really pleasing and surprising about this bike is that it is incredibly comfortable to ride even for long distances. Ducati's have always been admired for their power, performance and style but never rated highly for rider comfort. Take a bow Ducati.
The completely new Superquadro engine, so called because of its massively over-square bore and stroke ratio, has increased power to a new production twin-cylinder milestone of an astonishing 175bhp and torque of 90.6 lb-ft. To deliver the target weight saving, the engine has now become an integral part of the monocoque chassis.
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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.
The new bike is awash with the latest Ducati technology.
With such an extreme engine, never before has Ducati's unique Desmodromic system been so vitally important.
This bike is unmistakably a Ducati and although some traditionalists will moan about the non-trellis frame design, the bike's overall performance and looks will dispel any negative thoughts. Ducati has summed up its latest creation best by stating "Everything about this bike communicates power, elegance and agility." Not many will argue with that.