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If Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles, then the 1199 Panigale is surely the two-wheeled equivalent of the 458 Italia. This, then, is surely the motorbike counterpart to the 458 Speciale.

Called the 1199 Superleggera, it's Ducati's new limited-production lightweight superbike. It's made of titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber to give it what Ducati claims is "the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle".

Based on the 1199 Panigale R, the Superleggera packs a 1198cc L-twin engine with four-valve cylinder heads to produce over 200 horsepower at a stratospheric 11,500 rpm and 98.8 pound-feet of torque. Built around a magnesium monocoque, the Superleggera features carbon-fiber bodywork and rear sub-frame, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and a titanium exhaust. Ducati has also given it an Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a World Superbike-spec drive chain, all of which helps trim the dry weight down to less than 341 pounds. By comparison, the next most extreme version of the 1199, the Panigale R, tips the scales at 364 lbs dry and is motivated by a touch less muscle: 195 hp and 98.1 lb-ft of torque.

Many of the bolts have been refashioned out of titanium, as have the exhaust valves and the racing-spec two-ring pistons. There's also a Race Kit for use on track that kicks in an extra 5 horsepower and cuts a further 5.5 pounds off the dry weight.

Like what you see so far? Try not to like it too much: only 500 will be built, three quarters of which have already gone to owners of previous special-edition Ducatis like the Desmosedici RR. But there's plenty more for knee-draggers to geek out on in the press release, along with the video clip below and the high-res image gallery above.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera

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2014 DUCATI 1199 SUPERLEGGERA
Created without limits, to inspire unlimited desire

Celebrating the Italian manufacturer's commitment to performance technology and lightweight construction, Ducati now proudly introduces its latest limited edition dream model, the highly exclusive 1199 Superleggera. The new machine combines a precious cocktail of materials such as titanium, magnesium and carbon fibre to set the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history. Producing more than 200hp and weighing-in at just 155kg* (341.7lb*), Ducati showcase their innovative engineering and stylish approach to design, while affirming the maxim: "Authentic Italian Performance".

The Superleggera follows in the successful wheel tracks of previous iconic limited editions, like the Desmosedici RR, with its exclusivity boldly underlined with just 500 examples of this extraordinary machine being assembled at Ducati's headquarters in Bologna, Italy, each with its own individual number inscribed on the top clamp.

With its baseline starting from the already impressive 1199 Panigale 'R' specification, the Superleggera incorporates a magnesium monocoque frame and forged Marchesini magnesium wheels before taking lightweight to the extreme with a carbon fibre rear sub-frame and bodywork, lithium-ion battery (LIB) and full titanium exhaust system with stainless steel headers. Many of the bolts and fasteners on both engine and chassis are also fashioned in titanium. Additional enhancements include lightweight Öhlins FL916 front suspension with fully-machined fork bottoms and an Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring. The Superleggera's Brembo M50 Monobloc brakes inherit a racing-style MCS 19-21 front master cylinder and remote adjuster and its final drive gets upgraded with a lightweight Ergal rear sprocket, and World Superbike-spec 520 drive chain. Finer attention to detail is hidden in the shape of the carbon fibre body work, which is moulded with the same high-penetration form normally provided by the "R" spec add-on aero-kit.

The Superquadro engine, which sports titanium con-rods and inlet valves, now adds titanium exhaust valves, and, for the first time on a Ducati street engine, special two-ring pistons. These pistons, usually found on racing Superbikes, use short skirts and only two rings (compression and oil), allowing them to dramatically reduce mass and friction. To further increase performance, the combustion chamber is also modified to Superbike specs by a new piston crown that increases compression ratio. Added to this is a super-lightened crankshaft, precision balanced using dense tungsten inserts. The enhancements result in an incredible output of more than 200hp as it rolls out of Ducati's Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna, Italy.

The Superleggera's outstanding power-to-weight ratio can be enhanced even further with the supplied track-only Race Kit**. The kit, which increases power by 5hp and reduces weight by 2.5kg (5.5 lb), consists of a titanium Akrapovič race exhaust system including silencers and 2-in-1 collector, high racing windscreen, dedicated dust cover, front and rear paddock stands, machined mirror fill-caps, and removal kits for the registration plate holder, and sidestand.

The model's electronics are also upgraded thanks to the new system for managing front-wheel lift Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) which is based on an Inertial Platform. This DWC system, along with Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC), is optimized with new automatic calibration of rear-tyre size and final transmission ratio. The Ducati Data Analysis+ (DDA+) system adds an additional sensor and software channel to record and display vehicle lean angles. This impressive array of included electronics is completed by a set of race-derived, handlebar mounted control buttons to enable rapid, on-track adjustments to the levels of the pre-selected channels of DTS, DWC, or EBC.

Appropriate to its highly exclusive status as one of the most exotic and desirable Ducatis of all time, the 1199 Superleggera is exquisitely dressed in Ducati Corse Red base livery, complemented with forged and machined magnesium wheels.

*Dry weight **Track use only

1199 Superleggera features
Chassis
- Magnesium monocoque
- Magnesium wheels
- Carbon-fibre rear sub-frame
- Öhlins FL916 front suspension
- Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring
- Single-sided swingarm with 4-way adjustable pivot
- Brembo MCS 19-21 front master cylinder
- Carbon fibre bodywork
- Individual number engraved on the top clamp

Engine
- Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 titanium valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
- World Superbike-style pistons with 2 rings and crown modified for an increased compression ratio
- Lightweight crankshaft with tungsten balance inserts
- Titanium connecting rods
- Full titanium exhaust system

Electronics
- Ducati Traction Control with automatic tyre size recalibration (DTC)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
- Dedicated handlebar buttons for on-track adjustment of DTC, DWC or EBC
- Ducati Data Analyser+ with lean sensor (DDA+)
- Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS)
- Engine Brake Control (EBC)
- Riding Modes
- Ride-by-Wire
- Full LED lighting
- Full TFT instrumentation
- Lithium-ion battery (LIB)

Race kit
- Dust cover
- Front and rear paddock stands
- License plate holder removal kit
- High racing windscreen
- Sidestand removal kit
- Machined mirror fill-caps
- Full race exhaust system by Akrapovič.


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      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      There seems to be a new version every other day.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        [blocked]
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      This has more horsepower than each of my first 4 cars.
        Pinhead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        It has twice as much power as my wife's current car ;-)
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      auspiciously missing......$?...........
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      But... It's nothing unique. The Desmosedici was unique. You can't kit up a SS/999/996/1098 or other Ducati to match it. The Supermono was unique. You can't kit up a SS/999/996/1098 or other Ducati to match it. This is just a better bits onto a stock bike. Something that Joe Ducati owner would probably have already done to his 1199.
        Doss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        I suspect a lot of these parts won't be added to Joe Ducati's personal bike. The magnesium frame and billet aluminum pieces most likely won't. Same could be said for the revised electronics. Maybe some of the titanium bits from the engine will make it and possibly the magnesium rims, but I think most people would pick from any of the other rims already available first. The carbon bodywork and rear subframe probably won't make it on either, but they are in the realm of making it to the catalog. So yeah, most of these parts could, in theory, be used to make your own Superleggera should you have the cash to do so. I think a lot of what you're paying for with the Ducati is exclusivity though... value that however you want.
          SpikedLemon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Doss
          To those: the Desmosedici offers the exclusivity that a special edition of a 1199 could never approach. Much like a Bimota Tesi3D is like nothing else.
          Doss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Doss
          I agree, but they made 1,500 Desmosedici RR. This will be only 500. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this is better or more special. I would still take the Desmosedici RR over this in a heartbeat. I'm just trying to give some [questionable] justification as to why this cost what it does and how you possibly won't be able to build this exactly how it stands.
      Surya De
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish I could afford one. Gorgeous engineering as always. But Ducati seems to have been falling behind the other manufacturers at the end of the day. I would take my money to an Aprilia or BMW dealership before I went to Ducati. But yeah finding parts on Aprilia...good luck!
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks better naked than it does with the bodywork on. I like seeing all the mechanical bits.
      Pinhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      If i an 1199 pigale R is $30k... how much is this? Gorgeous bike at any rate.
        Doss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pinhead
        Various reports are saying about $70,000-85,000.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      An expensive bike for poser dicks that can't ride.
        Ace Spades
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        Obviously you dont know much about motorcycles. btw your comment about wsbk and motogp is ridiculous. Ducati was dominant for a long time in motorcycle racing but you just cant stay at the top forever (look at the 90s and early 2000s) fyi the 1199 is doing pretty good in Superstock which is the closest you get to the street bikes. Anyone with half a brain and some experience with motorcycles will tell you the Ducatis are very high quality bikes and a blast to drive.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how many of this will be run over by Land Rover owners
        angelalvalois
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        Only when driven by a bunch of punks threatening an innocent family. If that's the case, I hope every single one of them ends up paralyzed.
      angelalvalois
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe instead of bringing out a million special editions, Ducati could get its MotoGP program back on track. They program has now degraded to the point where it's an embarrassment.
      Max Wagner
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the owner of a 2012 848, it's really about time that Ducati made a true 1000cc class competitor. Sure, my 848 can keep up with just about any 1000cc bike out there, but just imagine what a similar bike can do with 0.150 more liters of displacement. The 1199 lineup is simply too expensive. When I replace m Ducati next year, it's either going to be a Yamaha YZF-R1 or an Aprilia RSV4. Either would look great in my garage, parked next to my 2013 Mission R electric superbike, my 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400, and my 2007 Harley V-rod.
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Noah, do you know if Audi's purchase of Ducati has resulted in any substantial changes at Ducati or to their future lineup?
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