Limited edition Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario unveiled as 90th anniversary special.
As previously reported, Ducati had two models debuting to commemorate its landmark 90th anniversary during last weekend’s World Ducati Week 2016 (WDW 2016). Meet the new and limited edition Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario.
Dubbed as the most advanced version of the Ducati 1299 Panigale to date, the special model was unveiled to loyal Ducatisti present at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli by Ducati MotoGP test rider Casey Stoner and CEO Claudio Domenicali on stage.
On the surface, it is plain to see that the 1299 Panigale Anniversario boasts a special anniversary livery scheme. Adding some contrast to the base red and white colours are black and grey accents plus a set of gold-painted wheels. Aesthetics aside, this special superbike also boasts a bevy of technical upgrades.
In the hopes of making this the closest thing in its roadbike arsenal to the superbike machine raced by Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano in the WSBK, the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario stands as the debuting platform for the uprated ‘EVO’ version of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) suites.
Both uprated rider aids make full use of the abundant data supplied by the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that already primed on board. Also new here is a Slide Mode feature that riders can activate when DTC Level 1 is selected. Riders can slide or ‘drift’ the bike through corners by modulating the throttle with this mode.
The improved new DTC and DWC features will likely make their way into the rest of the Panigale superbike line up later on, but the Anniversario is the first and only one to have them primed.
As you could probably tell already, the gold-painted wheels are lightweight forged Marchesini units. Receiving the same gold treatment here is the titanium Akrapovič exhaust unit whilst a laser-etched engraving helps to indicate this bike’s status as a limited edition model.
Other changes in the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario include the top triple clamps that and steering head inserts made from machines solid aluminium alloy. The inserts offer 5mm of adjustment room allowing this Panigale S to have a similar geometry as the racier Panigale R.
Weight is saved by 2.5kg thanks to the adoption of a lithium ion battery unit plus carbon fibre heel guards, rear mud guard and shock absorber cover.
Production of the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario have already begun in Italy where each unit retails for €25,590 – €3,600 more over the regular Panigale S base bike. This special is in fact much cheaper than the Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera that retailed for €66,000. Said bike also fetched a RM488,888 asking price when it was launched locally back in 2014, but we reckon the Anniversario will retail at a much lower price, that is if it is launched here.
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Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario