Surprise! 148bhp, 193kg. Minigale billed as 'Your road to the track'
DUCATI have revealed their new 899 Panigale which is visually very similar to the 1199 Panigale, except the 899 features a dual-sided conventional swingarm.
According to Ducati: "The brand new Superquadro engine features a revised bore and stroke for a broad power delivery, producing 148hp (109kW) with a torque of 73lb-ft (10.1kgm). The super-smooth power unit continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative Panigale monocoque construction, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing agility with a dry weight of 169kg (372.5lb). An 1199 silhouette underlines the family DNA, while the fully integrated Riding Mode technology of Ride-by-Wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) continues the benchmark ingenuity introduced with the award-winning Panigale."
The 899 Panigale's bore and stroke is 100 x 57.2mm (as opposed to the 1199 Panigale's 112 x 60.8mm), it also features a wet clutch and front and rear ABS as standard. The wet weight is a claimed 193kg.
The new 899 Panigale features 43mm fully-adjustable Showa BPF front forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock and 10-spoke light allow wheels, 3.5" front and 5.5" rear. The tank size is quoted as being 17-litres.
Unlike the 1199, there is just one launch model and no Öhlins-clad S model or Tricolore. The 899 Panigale is available in red with black wheels or white with red wheels. Factory accessories include a Termignoni Ducati Corse race silencers, carbon fibre engine covers, shock guard, front mudguard, heel guards, clutch case, rear mudguard and sprocket guard - the traditional lashings of carbon fibre approach, so typical of Ducati.
There are also other accessories including a race fairing kit, larger screen, quickshifter, DDA and a Ducati Corse Superstock data acquisition kit.
Priced at £12,495 in the UK.
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Aki, I had similar thoughts when I wrote a 848 evo review
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