15 things you need to know about the Ducati Superleggera

The new Ducati Superleggera was recently previewed here in Malaysia and according to sources, up to 3 Malaysians have forked out the princely price associated with it. It is officially the most advanced Ducati ever built and is hailed as an ‘engineers dream’. The Ducati MotoGP team worked exclusively on the Superleggera during their downtime from racing.

This is everything you need to know about the new Ducati Superleggera:

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At RM488,000 it is the most expensive new bike in Malaysia.

It weighs in at just 155kg dry and 177g wet. That makes it just 6kg heavier than the KTM Duke 390, and 17kg less than a Honda CBR500R.

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The 1198cc V-Twin engine makes 200hp and 134Nm. That gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 1.29hp per kg, giving it the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production bike in history.

Only 500 units will ever be built.

Every screw on the Superleggera is made of titanium, and the radiator cap alone is 6 grams lighter than the one on the standard Panigale.

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Every plastic bit on the Panigale has been replaced with carbon fibre

The front frame is made of magnesium alloy while the rear subframe is made of, you guessed it, carbon fibre.

The Superleggera is the lightest super bike ever built!

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Ducati opted for the non WSBK-sped FSGR Ohlins suspension, opting instead for the Ohlins FL916 custom machined-billet fork bottoms.

The only part on the Superleggera that is actually heavier than the standard Panigale is the LED headlight.

It lapped the Mugello track at an amazing 1 minute 54.9 seconds. On street rubber!

The brakes are Brembo M50 monobloc.

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The engine has new titanium exhaust valves and two-ring pistons.

If that is not hardcore enough for you, Ducati is offering a race kit. This gives you an Akrapovic exhaust system, which gives you 5hp more and reduces weight by a further 2.5kg.

The electronics package on the Superleggera includes a new wheelie control system, traction control and engine braking control. The Superleggera also records and displays lean angle.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Specs:


Type: Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 titanium valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, titanium con-rods
Displacement: 1198cc
Bore x Stroke: 112 x 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 13.2:1
Power: >200hp (149kw) @ 11,500rpm
Torque: 98.8lb-ft (134Nm) @ 10,200rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system in titanium with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Emissions: Euro 3
Transmission: 6 speed
Transmission Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.77:1
Final drive: Chain 520; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control


Frame: Magnesium monocoque
Front suspension: Öhlins FL916 43mm with TiN, fully adjustable usd fork.
Front wheel travel: 120mm (4.72in)
Front wheel: 3-spoke forged in magnesium 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit with titanium spring. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminum single-sided swingarm. 4-point adjustable pivot.
Rear wheel travel: 130mm (5.12in)
Rear wheel: 3 spoke forged in magnesium 6.00″ x 17″
Rear tyre: 200/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 4-piston callipers with 19-21 MCS pump. Bosch 9ME ABS
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel tank capacity: 1L (4.5 gallon US)
Dry weight: 155kg (341.7lb)
Wet weight: 177kg (390.2lb)
Seat height: 830mm (32.48in)
Max height: 1100mm (43.31in)
Max length: 2075mm (81.69in)
Instrumentation: TFT
Ducati electronics: DDA+, DTC, DQS, DWC, EBC, LIB, Riding Modes
Versions: Dual
Additional equipment: Full race kit – titanium exhaust system by Akrapovič, dedicated dust cover, front & rear paddock stands, machined mirror fill-caps, removal kits for registration plate holder, sidestand

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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