Finally, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition has been launched at the WorldSBK US Round at the iconic Laguna Seca race track.
The final edition dressed elegantly in the iconic tricolore livery is essentially a watered down Superleggera but still packs a punch with 209hp.
Priced at $40,000 (around RM172,000), the last ever V-twin powered Panigale will give way to the next V-4 powered Ducati superbike which will hopefully be introduced at the end of this year.
Ducati has finally taken the covers of the highly awaited Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. As promised, the bike made its official debut at the WorldSBK US Geico Round at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca which is happening this weekend.
Simply dubbed the “Final Edition”, it has been properly honoured with the iconic tricolore livery which makes the last Panigale a very desirable and unique bike especially with that green tail section. It is said to be the final version of the V-twin powered Panigale as we speak before Ducati moves forward into their plans of unleashing their brand new V-4 powered superbike possibly at the end of this year.
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The Final Edition share some similarities to the 1299 Superleggera apart the over the top use of carbon fibre, aluminium sleeved engine cylinders and sand-cast casings but it still packs some massive firepower.
The already monstrous 1,285cc Superquadro L-Twin with four Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder has been upgraded with a lighter crankshaft, bigger crank pin, tungsten balancing pads and titanium con-rods and valves.
Ducati stated that the Final Edition is able to produce a whopping 209hp which is the same class as the Superleggera. Another main factor that differentiates the two models is their overall weight where the Final Edition sits just over 190kg due to the use of conventional fasteners and materials used for construction.
With that being said, the Final Edition is only 0.45kg lighter than the 1299 Panigale S and almost 6kg heavier than the 1199 Panigale R but the Final Edition makes up for it with that extra 100cc. To know more about the power and weight figures, CLICK HERE.
Ducati has also mentioned that the US market will be selling the Final Edition at around the $40,000 mark (around RM172,000 after conversion), it is said to be quite pricey. Considering that it’s almost a Superleggera (and the fact that this might be the last V-twin Panigale ever), we reckoned that it’ll sell out even before it hits any of the showrooms.
Another interesting fact of the Final Edition is that it is not a limited edition but rather a numbered machine instead. Each bike will receive a special production number traditionally engraved on the triple clamp. Ducati however has not mentioned how many of the Final Editions will be manufactured but one thing is for sure, it won’t as rare as the road-legal Desmosedici RR.
To add a huge cherry on top of an already awesome cake, the Final Edition has been garnished with WorldSBK-styled exhaust used by the Aruba.it Racing on their Panigale R nicknamed “The Shotgun”. Courtesy of Akrapovic, the unbelievably light titanium exhaust can also be found on the 1299 Superleggera.
For tomorrow’s WorldSBK race, both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri will be sporting off the same livery as the Final Edition. Now that’s a proper marketing strategy for a bike.