This week Ducati dealers throughout the UK and Ireland will welcome the arrival into their showrooms of the latest Ducati Superbike, the new 1299 Panigale.
Deliveries to the 31 strong dealer network have already begun with the majority of those initial bikes making their way on to the dealers demonstration fleets. Many customers and buyers who have pre-ordered the new Panigale will be anxious to test ride a bike that has received excellent reviews.
The 1299 Panigale debuts on UK roads in two versions, the standard and S. Both share the 1285cc Superquadro engine that produces an incredible torque of 144.6 Nm and 205hp. This stunning performance is contained within an incredibly compact monoque chassis that contributes significantly to a dry weight of just 166.5kg.
The 1299’s combination of extreme power, incredible torque and light weight needs to be harnessed and Ducati has achieved this thanks to innovative technology that allows a bike that is more powerful and more responsive than its predecessor to be safer and easier to ride.
The use of new electronic aids integrated into the now familiar riding modes is a major factor in making this an important leap forward in Superbike design. Both versions of the new Panigale share the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU, Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Wet), Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Engine Braking Control, Ducati Quick Shifter up and TFT instrumentation with indicator of lean angle. The S version goes further with Semi active Öhlins Smart EC suspension and steering damper and also possesses lightweight forged aluminium wheels, full LED headlight and front mudguard in carbon fibre. There is also a wide range of apparel and accessories linked with this thoroughbred from Bologna which can be seen at Ducati dealers as well as online at www.ducatiuk.com.
Dealers will also be able to take customers through the Ducati TriOptions offers that are available. The standard 1299 Panigale is available from £179 per month or the S version from £235 per month.