2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition REVIEW BY TOTAL MOTORCYCLE
With the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, Ducati pays tribute to the twin-cylinder engine that has made Superbike World Championship history. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory on 3rd April 1988 with the 851 (in the first-ever world championship for modified production models) to the stunning 2017 wins by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, the Bologna-built twin-cylinder has long been a winner in SBK. Desmoquattro, Testastretta, Superquadro: over three decades, the Ducati-designed twin-cylinder 4-valve engine with Desmodromic timing has gone from strength to strength, powering bikes that have made Supersport history. Motorcycles that have won no less than 330 World Superbike Championship races. From the 851 to the Panigale R – and the 888, 916, 996, 998, 999, 1098, 1198 and 1199 in between them – the Bologna-built twin has always been as successful on the track as it has on the supersport market. Now, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition pays homage to the great Ducati superbike tradition by combining best-ever twin-cylinder engine performance with a racing-derived chassis set-up.
Available as a numbered (but not limited) series, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a Euro 4 compliant road bike with a perfect mix of ultra-high engine performance and spot-on racing suspension. An offshoot of the 1299 Superleggera engine, the “Final Edition” Superquadro packs a 209 hp* punch at 11,000 rpm and a torque of 14.5 kgm at 9,000 rpm The chassis set-up, instead, is the same as that on the Panigale R, with Öhlins mechanical suspension and a 24° rake.
As for electronics, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). All these systems are set according to the selected Riding Mode (Race, Sport and Wet) and can be personalised as desired.
In addition to top-drawer tech content, the all-new red, white and green colour scheme with red wheels makes the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition a unique collector’s item.
2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
1. Red, white, green colour scheme and red wheels
o Superquadro engine: 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm
o EURO 4 compliant
o 2-segment pistons with 116 mm diameter to boost compression ratio
o Lighter crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads
o Increased-diameter titanium intake / exhaust valves
o Cylinder head with specially developed intake and exhaust ducts
o Camshafts with increased lift
o Complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high-mount dual silencer
o Electronic package with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
o Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet)
o Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS and DTC EVO)
o DWC EVO, EBC, DQS up/down
o Öhlins mechanical suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber)
o Öhlins adjustable steering damper
o Forged light alloy wheels
o Auxiliary control keys
o High-permeability air filter
o Automatic tyre calibration and final drive ratio system
o DDA+ GPS and lean angle display
o Li-ion battery
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