‘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’