Ducati reveal 899 Panigale

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.