Ducati 1199 Panigale: 195bhp, 98lbft confirmed

Plus pictures and details of the all-new engine

Posted: 10 October 2011
by Visordown News

DUCATI has released power graphs for the new 'Superquadro' engine that will power the 1199 Panigale, and with 195bhp it's in Desmosedici RR territory.

Actually, factor in the stomping 98lbft of torque and it's likely to put the firm's £40k MotoGP replica firmly in the shade when it comes to performance.

In typical modern Ducati style, the new engine is going to be an electronic tech fest, with multiple riding modes, but it ditches a lot of Ducati's traditional engineering. Sure, Desmo valvegear stays, but the old belt-drive cams are gone, replaced by a combined chain-and-gear-drive set-up. The rattly dry clutch is binned in favour of a oil-bathed wet slipper (ooh er, missus). And the bore and stroke are truly radical, with a massive 112mm bore and tiny 60.8mm stroke letting the 1199cc twin rev like mad – the peak power is at 10,750rpm with peak torque up at 9000rpm. It's no low-rev slugger.

A tougher (and totally new) gearbox transmits all that power, and there's endless exotic material – magnesium covers, titanium valves; we're guessing it's not cheap to make. Surprisingly, though, given the motor's extreme state of tune, its service intervals have actually been extended – 15,000 miles between major services actually sounds pretty practical, and that's not a word we'd normally associate with a top-of-the-range Ducati superbike.

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Dam those pistons are big.!! Seriously, I’ve seen 3 litre top fuel super twins with smaller pistons than that.

Posted: 10/10/2011 at 14:43

Has the "L" been slightly moved backwards as well? The inlet manifolds look big enough to lose a small child in too :)

Posted: 10/10/2011 at 17:23

195bhp will be confirmed once independent sources put it on a dyno... until then it's only marketing material ;-)

And sorry but the D16 is far from making anything close to 200bhp - google a little bit around and you'll quickly find out. That said it's pure bike porn even when standing still :-)

Posted: 10/10/2011 at 20:39

This motor is EPIC!!! Eliminating the cam belts has allowed the motor castings to be much more tightly designed around all the internals. Wow I'm so happy to see Ducati develop this motor and stick with Desmodromic valve actuation which is especially appreciated by all loyal Ducatisti around the world.

Posted: 11/10/2011 at 20:41

For this kinda money, why does it not have gear driven cams???

Posted: 12/10/2011 at 10:10

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