Ducati officially introduces the new 959 Panigale

New 959 Panigale debuts at Ducati press event ahead of Eicma

HERE'S Ducati's new 959 Panigale, which is essentially an updated version of the 899.

As well as the capacity hike (to 955cc), it's been given bigger air intakes, a taller screen, longer mirror stalks and slight bodywork revisions to the tail unit and faring panels. 

It makes 157hp and 79.2lbft.

The engine features a longer stroke and complies with the latest Euro4 emission limits, which is possibly the explanation for the model.

It's got a new, longer exhaust and new timing belt covers, and comes with an 'anti-hop' slipper clutch. There's also a non-Euro4 compliant bike, which retains the low-slung exhaust.

It costs £13,095. 

The new 959 Panigale was unveiled this afternoon at a Ducati press conference in Milan ahead of this week's Eicma motorcycle show.

We knew it was on the way after seeing it in spy shots.

Here's some information from Ducati:

'In 2016, Ducati's 959 Panigale is to become a larger capacity, even more versatile "Supermid" model. The Ducati 959 Panigale shares the same innovative stylistic features that characterise its 'bigger brother', the 1299 Panigale - but with an engine designed for a more enjoyable everyday riding experience and more thrills on the race track. The new 955 cm3 twin-cylinder power unit, the first Superquadro to have obtained Euro 4* type-approval, comes with a new stroke length and other innovations that have given rise to an even more impressive torque curve and increased maximum power, now 157 hp at 10.500 rpm. The increased torque and maximum power values do not imply shorter service intervals, therefore, valve clearance inspections are still only required every 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles).

'The super-smooth engine continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative monocoque frame, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing response and agility with a dry weight of only 176 kg* - while still ensuring full compliance with the structural limitations required by Euro 4* standards. The unmistakable 1299 Panigale-derived silhouette of this bike, even with a redesigned nose fairing, headlight and tailpiece, underlines the family DNA: the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Riding Mode technology including Ride-by-Wire, triple-stage Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) featured by the Panigale are in line with Ducati's very own standards of technological excellence.

'Every last detail of the 959 Panigale pays tribute to Ducati's legendary racing heritage. The wider nose fairing and screen improve aerodynamic performance and add to the aggressive look of the new front end, also enhanced by larger-section front air intakes. The split tailpiece design is the final touch to a real work of art: the 959 Panigale fairing, now including redesigned lateral air intakes and new rear view mirrors. The new bike is also equipped with aluminium billet-machined footrests for enhanced boot grip while riding.

'The 959 Panigale is available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or a stunning Arctic White Silk with contrasting red wheels.'

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