959 CORSE EDITION
The new Panigale V4 will, rightly, be stealing the limelight as we roar into 2018, but spare a thought for this little beauty. Keeping the tradition of special high-end versions as a model edges closer to being replaced, like the 848 EVO Corse, next year’s range will include this Corse edition 959 Panigale.
Apart from the beautiful paintjob, there are some choice engineering updates to set the Corse apart from the stock model. Essentially an ‘S’ (Ducati don’t make one), the Corse gets the full Öhlins treatment, with a TTX46 rear shock tucked in under your left thigh, and a 43mm NIX30 fork at the sharp end. Refreshingly free of electronic intervention, the perfect road or track setting is just a couple of clicks away. Also added from the same catalogue is an adjustable Öhlins steering damper, while the use of a lightweight lithium ion battery helps the weight loss.
You can’t help but notice the beautiful road-homologated Akrapovic shotgun silenced system snaking up the righthand side of the bike, either – which is standard fitment on the Corse – complete with Gp-style gauze over the exits. Sadly there’s no bare aluminium on the tank, something which characterised previous Corse models, but who cares when the paintjob looks this good?
Expected to arrive in February 2018, at £15,895 from your local dealer.
The best looking baby Panigale ever is also now 2.5kg lighter
... as is Öhlins’ famous TTX36 rear shock
O Power 147.5bhp @ 10,500rpm O Weight 197.5kg ( kerb) O Seat height 830mm