To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Bologna-based bike manufacturer decided to come up with something very special. Here we have the limited-edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario of which just 500 bikes will be made. The 1299 Panigale S Anniversario features an all-new color scheme as well as a host of new goodies.
Inspiration for the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario’s was drawn from Ducati race bikes. Its white, black and Ducati Red fairings perfectly complement its gold wheels. Other distinctive features on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario include its top triple clamp and steering head inserts, both machined-from-solid aluminum.
Each top triple clamp is unique in that it has been laser-etched with the bike’s unique production number of 500. The steering head inserts shift the front wheel forward 5 mm, giving the same chassis geometry as the Panigale R. Moreover, a light lithium battery, together with carbon fiber heel guards, rear mudguard and shock absorber cover reduce weight by 2.5 kg. Like all bikes in the Panigale family, the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario makes excellent use of monocoque frame technology. The compact, enhanced-strength die-cast aluminium monocoque structure features the Superquadro engine as a stressed member of the frame.
The twin-cylinder, 1285 cc, 205 hp Superquadro engine features Engine Brake Control (EBC), which optimizes vehicle stability under extreme turn-in conditions. The suspension department, instead, offers up Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) and Öhlins Smart EC; the latter is an event-based control system that processes information about the bike and accordingly uses stepper motors to dynamically adjust the suspension set-up during riding, improving cornering grip, stability, braking, turn-in, handling and riding comfort.
The electronics on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario incorporates all-new traction and wheelie control. They are called Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO. Both systems are designed to maximise performance on the Italian Superbike. In addition to the new DTC and DWC EVO, the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario also features Bosch Cornering ABS, plus Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) for ultra-fast clutchless up and downshifts on both track and road.
The 1299 Panigale S Anniversario also features TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrumentation, as well as customizable Ducati Riding Modes Race, Sport and Wet, tailoring the riding experience.
To emphasize the sports performance of the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario even further, the bike comes with a racing kit consisting of a titanium Akrapovič Racing exhaust, billet aluminum 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 be available from Ducati Dealerships starting in the second half of July (country specific).