959 CORSE EDI­TION

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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.

Spe­cial mea­sures

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

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