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THE END OF AN ERA?

July 16, 2017

The website has been rather quiet as of late so thought we would kick things off with a look at what could possibly be the last V-Twin superbike produced by Ducati!

 

The color scheme looks wonderfully familiar.. 750 F1 anybody?

 

 

So what exactly is the Final Edition, other than a pretty paint job? Well sort of a greatest hits that combines elements of the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera.

 

The engine is an offshoot of the one from the 1299 Superleggera, so it’s pumping out similar numbers: 209 hp at 11,000 rpm and 104.8 lbft at 9000 rpm. The Superquadro engine in the FE shares the same lightened crankshaft and tungsten balancing pads as the Superleggera along with the larger intake and exhaust valves. It’s also got the new clutch from the Superleggera and air-intake system with optimised intakes for each cylinder. Closing out is the titanium Akrapovic exhaust with the high-level silencers acting like the WSB sprinkles on the road-going cake.

 

The chassis set-up meanwhile, is the same as the Panigale R. There’s no frame per se, so the Final Edition has the die-cast aluminium monocoque structure from the R that uses the engine as a stressed member. The suspension department features an Ohlins clean sweep with a pair of 43mm NIX 30 USD forks, a TTX36 monoshock and an adjustable steering damper. The rest of the kit is top notch too with Brembo M50 monobloc calipers, three-spoke forged alloy wheels and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. Then of course, there is that pretty paint job.

 

As you would imagine with any modern Ducati, the Final Edition comes with a whole host of abbreviations and rider aids. There’s DWC EVO (wheelie control), EBC (engine braking), DQS (quickshifter and autoblipper), DTC EVO (traction control), DDA (data logger) all of which is managed by the IMU (brain).

 

The engine in the Panigale R Final Edition is a variant of the engine in the Superleggera, so it shares the same intakes and similar lightweight components. The only real difference is in the final assembly – there are no titanium fasteners and the barrels have steel liners (rather than aluminium).

 

The frame is the lightweight aluminium version from the Panigale R (the 1199-engined WSB homologation special), rather than the carbon one in the Superleggera. The suspension is fully-adjustable Ohlins throughout and has a 24* rake, also like the Panigale R.

 

The titanium Akrapovic exhaust is a work of art that resembles the twin high-level pipes that are fitted to the WSB race bikes. Amazingly this is Euro4 compliant, so Ducati can keep selling this until 2020 is they want to.

 

 

 

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