Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.
And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle. This very feature is going to see the whole concept of twin-cylinder Ducati into the death pit. Nonetheless, the folks at Ducati are gunning for a final go at their most famous fully faired litre class motorcycle, and it’s coming on the July 7th, 2017.
Being a successor to the exemplary 1198 was not an easy task, but the 1199 Panigale did it with ease and grace. Then much to a surprise, came the new avatar – 1299 Panigale – during the EICMA 2014 in Milan. The bigger number in the prefix speaks a lot about this new version – it is lighter, it is more powerful and it packs in additional technologies to fight its evolved competition.
And then, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Ducati in the field of motoring, Ducati gave us the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario, a limited edition model of the Panigale 1299 S, of which only 500 units were made. When we thought that this was the brand’s final Panigale with a twin heart, Ducati teased us with a video showcasing their final one.
|Ducati 1299 Panigale S|
Titled as ‘ When the end tells the whole story’, the video is filled with fast-paced takes on the bike’s red/white Corse livery, headlight and tail units and the titanium racing exhaust. the video is surely a nod to the last big-displacement v-twin superbike from Ducati. Why do I say this? The words “Panigale Final Edition” in the video title makes it very evident.
With it being ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition, its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.
|Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario|
It will replace the L-twin powered Panigale and become the flag bearer of the Italian company. But that is only going to debut later this year, at the EICMA show in Milan. Until then, the ‘new last’ Panigale will remain the flagship and it opens up to the world on July 7, 2017.
Check out their teaser video: