Milan show: Ducati’s most exclusive bike EVER: 1299 Superleggera


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SPEC:

Ducati 1299 Superleggera

Engine
EngineSuperquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement1,285 cc
Bore X stroke116 x 60.8 mm
Compression ratio13.0:1
Power158.1 kW (215 hp) @ 11,000 rpm
Torque146.5 Nm (108,0 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm
Fuel injectionMitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full Ride-by-Wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valve and optimized trumpets
Exhaust2-1-2 system, primary tubes in titanium. Twin titanium mufflers. 2 lambda probes and 2 catalytic converters
 

Transmission

Gearbox6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
Primary driveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1
Ratio1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Final driveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
ClutchHydraulically controlled slipper/self-servo wet multiplate clutch
 

Chassis

FrameMonocoque in carbon fiber
Front suspensionFully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins FL 936 fork with TiN treatment, billet fork bottoms and lightweight stress-optimized outer tubes, lightweight springs
Front wheel10-spoke carbon fiber 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyrePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear SuspensionFully adjustable single Öhlins TTX36 shock with titanium spring, adjustable linkage between progressive/flat. Carbon fiber single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel10 spokes carbon fiber 6.00” x 17”
Rear tyrePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear)120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front brake2 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 brake245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS
InstrumentationColour TFT display
 

Dimensions and weights

Dry weight156 kg (343.9 lb)
Kerb weight167 kg (368.2 lb)
Seat height830 mm (32.48 in)
Wheelbase1.456 mm (57.32 in)
Rake24°
Front wheel trail98 mm (3.86 in)
Fuel tank capacity17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)
Number of seatsSingle seat
Standard equipment
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
Additional equipment
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
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
Emissions
STANDARDEuro 4
CONSUMPTIONEmissions and consumptions currently undergoing certification

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