‘Not good­bye to the L-twin’


With a new V4 su­per­bike around the cor­ner the 1299 Superleggera is the light­est, most powerful Pani­gale ever. But is it also the fi­nal hur­rah for Du­cati’s L-twin su­per­bike?

“No, it’s not meant to be good­bye to the V-twin su­per­bike. The Superleggera is the max­i­mum ex­pres­sion of what we can do. We wanted to get all our knowhow from rac­ing and new pro­duc­tion tech­niques and put it to­gether in the most amaz­ing mo­tor­cy­cle we could pro­duce.

“When we made the 1199 Superleggera, we thought that was the max­i­mum we could ever achieve, but here we are with the new bike. To main­tain this level of weight, power torque and tech­nol­ogy with a 100cc big­ger Euro4 en­gine is an amaz­ing achieve­ment.

“A few years ago a full car­bon chas­sis wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble, but things have changed. The elec­tron­ics and some of the en­gine ma­te­ri­als will trickle down into other models. But for hand-wo­ven car­bon to be ap­plied to a pro­duc­tion bike, es­pe­cially with the test­ing pro­ce­dures re­quired, would be im­pos­si­ble.”

‘A few years ago a car­bon chas­sis was im­pos­si­ble’

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