Since the designation R has existed at Ducati, each model bearing this logo has exalted this perfume of fantasy, luxury and sportiness. Superb pretext for refinement due to the homologation in the Superbike championship, these quasi-skilled customers sweat the race from the 996 R to the culmination of this 1199 Panigale R.
Exceptional? Not that much. Oh yes, it’s a technological delight, but that doesn’t amaze us as much as every generation of R’s compared to the S version. Disappointed? Almost. It smells like the tricolor S version with a few Ducati Corse parts rather than a real exceptional machine. More power? No, the 1199 Panigale R develops the same 195 horsepower as the other versions. A new mapping and a refinement of the ride-by-wire are invited in the engine management (this update will be applied to all Panigales). The interior of the Superquadro twin is still entitled to some exclusives: titanium connecting rods, which save 630 grams.,
are associated with a lighter crankshaft and rockers with DLC treatment to make it gain 500 rpm. We salute the performance: 12,000 rpm maximum for a 1200 twin cylinder with 112 mm bowls.
The 1199 Panigale R will be sold with an R kit, consisting of a racing screen, a machined alloy spider, and a complete Termignoni exhaust with dedicated mapping. This kit allows to gain 3% power at high speeds and 15% at mid-speeds. A USB key is used to unlock / re-clamp the ECU. To further improve acceleration, a 41-tooth crown wheel (2 more than originally) is provided.
The Bologna superbike offers here an adjustable oscillating arm on 4 anchoring points thanks to two eccentric adjusters. Lightweight Marchesini forged rims further optimize the chassis. Carbon is obviously present, as with any self-respecting R. Ah, on the other hand, forget the full carbon trim as before. There are a little everywhere (swingarm protection, clutch cover protection, rear shell, rear mudguard, heel protectors, starter surround and fork crown interior) but macache for the fairing. Scandalous! I suspected that this exceptional sports car had a carbon self-supporting saddle and unknown delicacies.
Let’s console ourselves with the on-board equipment: sport ABS, Brembo monobloc M50 calipers, data acquisition by GPS, brushed aluminum tank, shifter, traction control, engine brake management, triple injection mapping, NIX 30 fork and shock absorber TTX36 with electric adjustments from home Öhlins, and 1.5 kilos less than the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.
And for once, the R is not the lightest in the range: it is 1 kg more than the base Panigale, i.e. 165 kilos dry.
Consolation prize: its 31,990 euros mark a clear deflation in the R family. 6,500 euros less than the 1098 R Corsican edition.
What you must remember
Calculate the cost of
Test the price of the motorcycle insurance specialist
sure 0 notice
1198 R Special Edition CORSICA 2010
Model marketed in
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2013
- Tank: 17 liters
- Height: 1,100 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,437 mm
- Dry weight: 165 kg
- Operating weight: 189 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(112 x 60.8 mm)
at 10,750 rpm
at 9000 rpm