There is a border that must not be crossed. A space where luxury and performance prevent you from returning to the common biker. A motorcycle that no longer knows steel but pledges to combine its genetics with materials from the conquest of space.
With its numbering, you immediately recognized the big Panigale. And the Superleggera complement, which will strike without any notion of the Italian language being required, unequivocally indicates a profound improvement. Do not wait until the end of the chapters to discover startling figures. This Ducati hypersport will fascinate all scales: 155 kg dry! And over 200 nags to send it all into orbit. Stay seated. The 1199 SL only needs to eat the parts of the racing kit (supplied with it) to lose 2500 g and gain 5 nags.
But how can you end up with a 152.5 kilo sports car with more than 205 horsepower coming out of a twin? ?
First by cracking a huge check that decency forbids me to quote here (but it is mentioned at the bottom of the sheet) Then, by being part of the privileged 500 who will have made the reservation. Finally, by accepting to have an absolutely fabulous machine in the hands, which pushed the technical performance of the Italian manufacturer to the max..
The twin Superquadro can cross the bar of 200 cannons thanks to a few modifications modeled on SBK machines. Here, all the valves are made of titanium, while a standard Panigale only embeds the intake ones with this material. To promote supersonic revving, the block is equipped with special pistons from the Superbike with short skirts, two segments with reduced friction, a lightened crankshaft with tungsten balancing inserts. Compression ratio increased from 12.5 to 13.2: 1.
Either way, this motor has not finished talking about it, and causing large watts. But what fully justifies the name of this Ducati is the frenzy of the engineers to lighten the maximum number of parts. Hard work that allows this diva to be lighter than a MotoGP proto. The frame, for example: its very compact monocoque structure already makes it a curiosity in our world. On the Superleggera, it is not aluminum but magnesium. Marchesini forged rims are also made of this Mg 12 coded element among its peers.
The rear loop, which supports a freestanding saddle, is made of carbon, which allows it to weigh less than a kilo. A new technique on a production motorcycle; this type of construction is generally seen in high level competition. The fairing is also entirely in carbon, molded in order to obtain the same CX as the Aero kit of the R version.
After the valves, will Miss Ducat pick up some more titanium? Not very much. It is necessary for the whole exhaust line, and also for the shock absorber spring, a Öhlins TTX36. Inseparable from a high-end motorcycle, the Swedish manufacturer also takes care of the fork. The FL916 installed has fully machined sleeves.
Achieving the record mass of the Panigale Superleggera is not only about scratching on large strategic elements or equipping yourself with the best of the best peripherals. Must eat weight everywhere. By installing a Lithium-Ion battery, an ergal rear crown, a transmission chain with a pitch of 520, lighter and allowing to better feel the reactions of the rear axle. Brembo braking with M50 calipers is controlled by a new MCS Racing 19-21 master cylinder with remote adjustment.
Weight reduction per piece:
– Fairing and carbon parts: -1 kg
– Monocoque magnesium frame: – 1.1 kg
– Carbon rear cradle: – 1.3 kg
– Titanium exhaust: – 2.6 kg
– Forged magnesium rims: -1 kg
– Lithium-Ion battery: – 2 kg
– Fork and shock absorber: 1.4 Kg
– Superbike pistons: – 194 gr
– Lightened crankshaft with tungsten inserts: – 396 gr
– WSBK type chain and special parts: -1.3 kg
Having crossed a milestone in the ratio / power, the 1199 Superleggera adapts its electronic arsenal. Traction control is enhanced by automatic pneumatic calibration. The DDA + data acquisition (with GPS) receives an additional sensor measuring the angle taken in the bends. A DWC wheeling control is added to the electronic pack, already well filled with the 9ME sports anti-lock, the DQS shifter, the EBC engine brake management, and the Riding Modes.
And all this is approved for road use. What a challenge! The Ducati 1199 Superleggera can only express itself on the track, in a museum or a jewelry store. The racing kit we were talking about in the second chapter includes a complete line and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, a high screen, a cover with the inscriptions of the motorcycle, front and rear stand crutches, mirror insert caps , a cover for the license plate holder and a kit for a removable side stand.
In 1991, Ducati presented a 900 SS SuperLight, a lighter version of its sporty desmo intended for passionate athletes. In 2014, Ducati went beyond fantasy by marketing the 1199 SuperLeggera for rich aesthetes. Lighter than its MotoGP, more powerful and more expensive than its Desmosedici RR, more exceptional than any other machine in current production, this hypersport is a true piece of goldsmith’s work. Once filled and ready to eat the track, it accuses 177 kg, the weight of a BMW S 1000 RR…. dried up. It is above all a technological showcase, suitable for feeding all kinds of desires and multiple dreams..
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The technical aspect
Ducati 1199 Superleggera 2014
- Tank: 17 liters
- Height: 1,100 mm
- Dry weight: 155 kg
- Weight in running order: 177 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(112 x 60.8 mm)
at 11,500 rpm
at 10,200 rpm