This new offering marks the end of V-Twin superbikes and makes way for the Ducati V4 race bikes
It is a sad new as well as good news for the petrol heads. The mighty Italian bike manufacturer Ducati has revealed 1299 Panigale R Final, which marks the end of classic twin cylinder engines. However, there is another side for this heartbreaking news. The Ducati is to employ brand new 4-cylinder engines for their superbikes, which is expected to hit the race tracks on 2019. The first glimpse of upcoming Ducati V4 has been already spotted while spy testing in Europe.
The Panigale R Final Edition will be the last batch of classic Italian V-Twin bikes which had ruled the international tracks for more than 30 years. According to the Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, "the time has come for the brand to develop new powerful V4 engines for their race bikes".
This new 1299 Panigale R Final Edition combines the Superleggera 1299, Panigale R and 1299 Panigale. It gets the same lightweight engine found in the 1299 Superleggera. However, the aluminium liners and Titanium fasteners are missing in Final Edition. It borrows the same lightweight aluminium frame found in the Panigale R. It gets fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 monoshock suspension with adjustable steering damper at the rear and the Ohlins 43mm NIX 30 USD forks at the front. Other inclusions are Brembo calipers and brakes, 3-spoked forged alloy wheels and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP at both the ends. Despite all the technical data, Ducati has employed unique 'Tricolore' paint job, which gets the extra green shade on the rear fender and engine cowl.
The last V-twin gets all the advanced Ducati features like Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Braking (EBC), Ducati QuickShifter and auto blipper (DQS), Ducati Traction Control (DTC EVO) and Ducati Data Logger (DDA).
Interestingly, this iconic Superbike is not a limited edition model for the time being. Soon or later, the makers would list this machine as a collector's item. The official pricing starts from Rs 29.1 lakh in Europe, which is expected to increase a further more when it is available in India.
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