The Ducati 1199 Panigale was a 1,198 cc (73.1 cu in) Ducati sport bike introduced at the 2011 Milan Motorcycle Show. The motorcycle is named after the small manufacturing town of Borgo Panigale.[3] Ducati had announced a larger displacement 1,285 cc (78.4 cu in) 1299 Panigale for the 2015 model year.[4]

Ducati 1199 Panigale
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ClassSport bike
Engine1,198 cc (73.1 cu in) Liquid cooled 4-valve/cyl desmodromic 90° L-twin
Bore / stroke112 mm × 60.8 mm (4.41 in × 2.39 in)
Compression ratio12.5:1
Top speed177.6 mph (285.8 km/h)[2]
Power128.1 kW (171.8 hp)(S) (rear wheel)([2]
Torque117.1 N⋅m (86.4 lb⋅ft)(S) (rear wheel)([2]
Transmission6 speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain drive
Frame typeAluminum monocoque
SuspensionFront: Fully adjustable 50 mm (2.0 in) Marzocchi (base)
43 mm (1.7 in) Öhlins w/ electronic compression, rebound adj. (S and S Tricolore)
BrakesFront: Brembo radial monobloc calipers, 2×330 mm (13 in) semi-floating discs
Rear: 245 mm (9.6 in) disc (ABS optional)
TiresPirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Front: 3.5"×17" 120/70 ZR17. Rear: 6"×17" 200/55 ZR17
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy (base), 3-spoke forged (S and S Tricolore)
Rake, trail24° 50'
Wheelbase1,437 mm (56.6 in)
Seat height825 mm (32.5 in)
WeightClaimed: 164 kg (362 lb) (base) 164 kg (362 lb) (S) 166.5 kg (367 lb) (S Tricolore) (dry)
193 kg (425 lb).[2] (wet)
RelatedDucati 899


At the time of its release Ducati claimed that the 1199 Panigale was the world's most powerful production twin-cylinder engine motorcycle, with 195 bhp (145 kW) at 10,750 rpm, and 133.0 N⋅m (98.1 lb⋅ft) torque at 9000 rpm on an engine test stand.[5] With a claimed dry weight of 164 kg (362 lb) and a curb weight of 188 kg (414 lb).[6] Ducati said the 1199 had the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios of production motorcycles.[5]

Motorcycle Consumer News tested the 2012 Panigale S at 128.1 kW (171.8 hp) and 117.1 N⋅m (86.4 lb⋅ft) torque at the rear wheel, with a wet weight 193 kg (425 lb).[2] They measured a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time of 2.98 seconds, a 0 to 14 mi (0.00 to 0.40 km) time of 9.91 seconds at 145.95 mph (234.88 km/h), and a top speed to 177.6 mph (285.8 km/h).[2] Braking performance was 60 to 0 mph (97 to 0 km/h) in 119.1 ft (36.3 m) and average fuel economy was 6.9 L/100 km; 41.1 mpg‑imp (34.2 mpg‑US).[2] Motorcycle Consumer News ranked the 2012 Panigale S with the best rear wheel horsepower to wet weight ratio, 1:2.47, of any bike the magazine had ever tested, as well as the 5th highest rear wheel horsepower, and the 10th highest top speed.[2]

The new Superquadro engine is exceptionally oversquare, with a bore:stroke ratio of 1.84:1. Whereas previous Ducatis had belt-driven overhead cams, this engine's valvetrain uses gears and chain. The engine serves as a stressed member, making the Panigale smaller and lighter than a conventionally framed motorcycle.

The 1199 is also one of the first production sports motorcycles to feature electronically adjustable suspension. Rebound and compression damping is adjusted electronically while pre-load is still adjusted manually.[7] The 1199's exhaust system and mufflers are underneath the engine, and not beneath the seat as on previous models, such as the 1198 and 1098.

Panigale REdit

Ducati 1199 Panigale R
ClassWorld Superbike homologation special
Engine1,198 cc (73.1 cu in) Liquid cooled 4-valve/cyl. desmodromic 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke112 mm × 60.8 mm (4.41 in × 2.39 in)
Compression ratio12.5:1
Top speed299–325 km/h (186–202 mph)[8]
Power151 kW (202 hp) (claimed)[8]
126 kW (169 hp) (rear wheel)[9]
Torque100 pound force-feet (140 N⋅m)[8]
Transmission6 speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain drive
Frame typeAluminum monocoque
SuspensionElectronically adjustable
WeightClaimed: 165 kg (364 lb) (dry)
189 kg (417 lb)[9] (wet)
Ducati 1199 Superleggera

In 2012, Ducati added the Panigale R World Superbike homologation model for the 2013 model year. It has lightened engine internals, including titanium connecting rods, and carbon fiber external parts, raising power to 145 kW (195 hp) and 151 kW (202 hp) with the track only exhaust and reducing weight to 364 pounds (165 kg).[8][10]

The top speed of the Panigale R was estimated by Road & Track to be 202 miles per hour (325 km/h) with the track only Termignoni exhaust system it ships with,[8] which they apparently derived from the speed at which the bike hits the rev limiter, assuming nominal gearing and wheel size.[11]

Panigale S SennaEdit

In 2013, Ducati again released a variant of their top of the range sportbike - this time the 1199 Panigale S Senna - dedicated to Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna.[12] The predecessor was based on the 916 released in 1994; in both instances, net proceeds were donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity.

1199 SuperleggeraEdit

In 2014, Ducati launched the 1199 Superleggera (English: Superlight). The philosophy behind this motorcycle was the largest reduction of weight possible, achieved through the use of exotic materials such as magnesium (particularly the monocoque frame), carbon and titanium. This resulted in a dry weight of 155 kg (342 lb), and a wet weight of 177 kg (390 lb). Only 500 were produced.[13]


In the September 2012 Le Mans 24-Hours Motorcycle Endurance Race, a Team Scuderia Zone Rouge Ducati 1199 Panigale won the Open category, finishing 32nd overall. The riders were Stéphane Pagani, Phillipe Teissier and Hervé Royer.[14][15]

Ducati finished second in the 2015 Superbike World Championship season, with Chaz Davies having 5 wins and finished second in the 2017 championship. Leandro Mercado won the riders title during the 2014 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup season. Ducati later took the manufacture title in 2016 and the rider title in 2017 with rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Ducati won the British Superbike Championship in 2016 and 2017 with rider Shane "Shakey" Byrne, who rode for the factory supported PBM Be Wiser Ducati Team.

In road racing, Glen Irwin took his Panigale R to victory in 2017 at the North West 200 using the PBM Be Wiser Ducati.


A purple 1199 Panigale was in the movie Kick-Ass 2, ridden by Hit-Girl.[16][17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Model Year archive". Ducati. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Performance Index Winter '12/'13 Edition" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, January 2013, archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2016, retrieved April 5, 2014
  3. ^ "Ducati 1199 Panigale superbike all set to be unveiled next month in Milan Motor Show (Photos and Videos)". 21 October 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  4. ^ dePrato, Bruno (November 3, 2014), "EICMA 2014 FIRST LOOK: 2015 Ducati Panigale 1299 Try this one on for size: The new Panigale 1299 just revealed at EICMA puts out 205 horsepower!", Cycle World
  5. ^ a b Nacheff, Kalin (20 February 2012). "Ducati 1199 Panigale – World's Most Powerful Production Twin-Cylinder Engine". Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  6. ^ Harley, Bryan (7 November 2011). "2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale First Look". Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  7. ^ "1199 Panigale Checkmate". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  8. ^ a b c d e Wes Siler (April 22, 2013), "The 1199 Panigale R is the ultimate Ducati", Road & Track
  9. ^ a b Adam Waheed (March 25, 2013), 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R First Ride, Motorcycle USA
  10. ^ Adam Waheed (November 12, 2012), 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R First Look, Motorcycle USA
  11. ^ RideApart Review: Ducati 1199 Panigale R on YouTube (Wes Siler, May 31, 2013)
  12. ^ Ducati (8 October 2013). "Ducati present "Senna" version of 1199 Panigale S exclusively in Brazil from June 2014 (press release)".
  13. ^ "DUCATI 1199 SUPERLEGGERA (2014-2014) Review".
  14. ^ "Victory for Kawasaki and title for Suzuki". 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  15. ^ "Live Timing - 24 Heures Moto 2012". 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  16. ^ Florin Tibu (16 October 2012). "Purple Ducati 1199 Panigale to Star in Kick-Ass 2". Autoevolution. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  17. ^ "'Kick-Ass 2′ Photos: More Hit-Girl, Ducati Bikes And Jim Carrey". MTV. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-07.

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