Bikes don’t come much more desirable
Astonishing… 215bhp and just 167kg fully wet! Ducati’s new 1299 Superleggera broke cover at Milan this week at an equally incredible £72,000 ( but we still want one).
MCN revealed spy shots of the new 1299 Superleggera just last week – and here’s the real deal in all its incredible glory. It’s the first factory production bike to be equipped with a carbon fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels, and results in a gobsmacking kerb mass of just 167kg – or 156kg dry. Combine such a low mass with the incredible 215bhp output from the 1285cc L-twin Superquadro engine, and it should add up to the one of the most devastatingly effective superbike packages ever created.
Carbon weight loss
The monocoque frame, beefy singlesided swingarm, subframe, fairings and wheels are all constructed from super-high-end carbon, and all are unique to the new Superleggera.
The frame has 7075 aluminium alloy inserts that are co-laminated into the composite structure, and result in a unit that weighs 40% (1.7kg) less than the non- carbon version. The singlesided swingarm slices another 18% (0.9kg) off the total compared to its aluminium counterpart, while the fairings are also constructed in the glorious weave. Also standard are the beautiful high-strength carbon wheels, made for Ducati by carbon wheel gurus BST, saving another 1.4kg and offering 26% less rolling resistance at the front and 44% less at the rear – and wear Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber.
Power and control
The heavily tweaked and lightened 215bhp Superquadro benefits from a full electronics package. The six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit manages the Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Slide Control, Ducati Power Launch, and Engine Brake Control. There’s also a bidirectional Ducati Quick Shifter, and newly calibrated Bosch Cornering ABS system. And to prevent too much bragging, there’s the Ducati Data Analyser+ data capture system.
The Superleggera comes with a race kit that includes a titanium Akrapovic race exhaust, a race screen, plate holder removal kit, stand removal kit, billet mirror plugs, front and rear paddock stands and a cover.
The ultimate ride
The new chassis set-up is completed by Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes. The multi-adjustable 43mm Öhlins FL936 inverted fork weighs 1.35kg less than the Öhlins fork on the Panigale R, while the Öhlins TTX36 shock has a titanium spring that shaves off 0.5kg. At the bottom of the fork is a set of 330mm Brembo discs, being gripped by Brembo M50 monobloc calipers.
Only 500 will be built, each costing a colossal £72,000 – and Ducati say they’ve already sold out!
Air-cooled 803cc L-twin 10-spoke lightweight wheels Bosch ABS Steel trellis frame LCD dash
2016 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL