Ducati has revealed the limited edition 1299 Superleggera sport bike at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
Described by company boss Claudio Domenicali as “the most incredible bike ever built by Ducati”, it’s claimed to be the first ever production road bike to feature a carbon-fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels; the new monocoque frame is said to be 40% lighter than the frame on the regular 1299 Panigale, while the wheels deliver 26% less rolling resistance at the front and 44% less at the rear compared to their aluminium counterparts.
Underneath the carbon-fibre skin lies the highest-performing version of the Superquadro. 2.1 kg lighter than the 1299 Panigale engine, it delivers 215 hp at 11,000 rpm, which is 10 more than the standard 1299 engine. As a result, it becomes the most powerful twin-cylinder engine ever built by Ducati.
Chassis details include a multi-adjustable 43 mm Öhlins FL936 upside-down fork that weighs 1.35 kg less than the Öhlins fork on the Panigale R. At the rear, the multi-adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber has a titanium spring that shaves off another 0.5 kg with respect to the steel unit fitted on the Panigale R. Braking, meanwhile, comes via two 330 mm Brembo discs up front and a single 245 mm disc at the rear.
There’s also a new electronics package which uses a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to manage the numerous electronic functions that include updated versions of the Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Slide Control (DSC) and Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO).
The 1299 Superleggera also becomes the first ever Ducati superbike to be equipped with Ducati Power Launch (DPL) – an addition to the Engine Brake Control (EBC) seen on previous versions. Keeping the bike under control is also a newly calibrated Bosch Cornering ABS system.
In all, the ultra-light bike has the word ‘exclusive’ written all over it, even when it comes to the number being made: only 500 examples are to be built. Together with the motorcycle, buyers will also get a track kit which includes a complete Akrapovič titanium racing exhaust, a racing screen, plate holder removal kit, kickstand removal kit, machined-from-solid mirror replacement plugs, front and rear paddock stands and a bike cover.