Ducati has revealed its most advanced 1299 Panigale S to date. Created to mark the Italian brand’s 90th anniversary, the superbike was officially unveiled by former MotoGP champion and Ducati test rider Casey Stoner along with Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali at the World Ducati Week festival this past weekend.
The ultra-limited edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario – just 500 bikes will be made – gets a 205 bhp high-tech update and an all-new race-inspired livery.
New design elements include a machined-from-solid aluminium top triple clamp and steering head inserts. The latter shift the front wheel forward 5 mm, giving the same chassis geometry as the range-topping Panigale R.
A light lithium battery, together with carbon-fibre heel guards, rear mudguard and shock absorber cover also reduce weight by 2.5 kg.
The electronics setup, meanwhile, incorporates all-new traction and wheelie control, which Ducati engineers say represents a “major evolution”. Dubbed Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, both systems are claimed to maximise performance and active safety, especially in terms of rear wheel slide.
In addition to the new DTC and DWC EVO, the Anniversario also gets Bosch Cornering ABS, the Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) for bi-directional clutchless gearchanges, Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Öhlins Smart EC semi-active suspension.
To emphasise the sports performance of the bike even further, Ducati has readied a racing kit consisting of an Akrapovič Racing exhaust in titanium, billet aluminium mirror blockoff plates, and a cover for the hole created by removing the license-plate holder for track days.
The 1299 Panigale S Anniversario will start shipping from the end of this month.