Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati has just officially revealed the 1299 Superleggera at the EICMA show in Milan. This incredible king of superbikes, worth a cool £66k, comes with a 215bhp desmodromic engine, and a carbon fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels, which help the bike tip the scales at 167kg – and that’s the wet weight! The power figures and the unbearable lightness of the bike make this one is a bit special.
There’s also a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to manage all the electronic controls, such as traction, slide and engine brake control, power launch and cornering ABS.
Oh, and the bike looks amazing!
Here are the official words from Ducati:
With the 1299 Superleggera, Ducati takes the world of road Supersport bikes to levels that were unheard of until now: the Superleggera is the first ever factory bike to be equipped with a carbon fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. The 1299 Superleggera is a gem of engineering, technology and performance. No motorcycle manufacturer has ever produced a factory bike quite like it.
With the 1299 Superleggera, Ducati has achieved off-the-scale style, sophistication and performance. Frame and swingarm, made entirely of carbon fibre just like the high-spec wheels, are unique to the 1299 Superleggera. The fairing – also made of carbon fibre – is another key element: but only one of many in an astounding bike that could only ever have been built by Ducati – a manufacturer with racing DNA.
And underneath that carbon fibre skin lies the highest-performing version of the Superquadro. Thanks to its 215 hp, the desmodromic engine on the 1299 Superleggera is the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built; it incorporates the ultimate levels of Ducati technology.
What makes the 1299 Superleggera even more exclusive is the new electronics package which uses a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to manage the incomparable array of electronic controls. This system has allowed us to improve the Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) presented on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario thanks to the introduction of Ducati Slide Control (DSC), which ensures even higher out-of-the-corner performance. The 1299 Superleggera is also the first ever Ducati Superbike to be equipped with Ducati Power Launch (DPL) and also features the Engine Brake Control (EBC) seen on previous versions.
Keeping the explosive performance of the 1299 Superleggera under control is also a newly calibrated Bosch Cornering ABS system that ensures matchless braking in complete safety.
The 1299 Superleggera has the word ‘exclusive’ written all over it, even when it comes to the number being made: only 500 such bikes are to be built – and they’re already sold out! Together with the motorcycle, purchasers get a track kit which includes a complete Akrapovič titanium racing exhaust, a racing screen, plate holder removal kit, kickstand removal kit, machined-from-solid mirror replacement plugs, front and rear paddock stands and a bike cover.
Ducati 1299 Superleggera
|Engine||Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|Bore X stroke||116 x 60.8 mm|
|Power||158.1 kW (215 hp) @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||146.5 Nm (108,0 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Fuel injection||Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full Ride-by-Wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valve and optimized trumpets|
|Exhaust||2-1-2 system, primary tubes in titanium. Twin titanium mufflers. 2 lambda probes and 2 catalytic converters|
|Gearbox||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1|
|Ratio||1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24|
|Final drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39|
|Clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper/self-servo wet multiplate clutch|
|Frame||Monocoque in carbon fiber|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins FL 936 fork with TiN treatment, billet fork bottoms and lightweight stress-optimized outer tubes, lightweight springs|
|Front wheel||10-spoke carbon fiber 3.50″ x 17″|
|Front tyre||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable single Öhlins TTX36 shock with titanium spring, adjustable linkage between progressive/flat. Carbon fiber single-sided swingarm|
|Rear Wheel||10 spokes carbon fiber 6.00” x 17”|
|Rear tyre||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17|
|Wheel travel (front/rear)||120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)|
|Front brake||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Evo M50 4-piston callipers with Cornering ABS, Brembo MCS 19-21 adjustable-ratio front brake master cylinder, remote lever adjuster|
|Rear brake||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS|
|Instrumentation||Colour TFT display|
Dimensions and weights
|Dry weight||156 kg (343.9 lb)|
|Kerb weight||167 kg (368.2 lb)|
|Seat height||830 mm (32.48 in)|
|Wheelbase||1.456 mm (57.32 in)|
|Front wheel trail||98 mm (3.86 in)|
|Fuel tank capacity||17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)|
|Number of seats||Single seat|
|Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS cornering, DTC, DWC, DSC, DPL, DQS u/d, EBC, DDA+ w/GPS module, Fully RbW. Rapid setting DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC|
|Track Kit: Titanium racing exhaust, racing windshield, machined mirror block-off plates, license plate mount removal plug, side-stand removal kit, front and rear paddock stands, paddock bike cover|
|Warranty (months)||24 months unlimited mileage|
|Maintenance (km/months)||12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months|
|Valve clearance adjustment (km)||24,000 km (15,000 mi) – street use|
|CONSUMPTION||Emissions and consumptions currently undergoing certification|