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Ducati’s long-awaited superbike, the new 1199 Panigale, was revealed to the press earlier this week in advance of the opening of the EICMA, the international motorcycle show held every November in Milan, Italy.
The new 1199 Panigale is the latest in a long line of Ducati superbikes bred on the racetrack and offered for street riders. The heart of the 1199 is a 195-horsepower twin-cylinder, and it’s no coincidence that it exceeds the output of BMW’s popular S1000RR, if only by a couple horses. Weight is an impressively low 361.5 pounds, guaranteeing the Panigale (so named for the town where the company is based) will be one fast Duc.
Taking a lesson from its Bavarian competitor, the new Italian superbike is full of electronic rider aids, including electronic throttle-by-wire, traction control, quick-shift, electronic suspension and engine brake control. The dash also takes advantage of a full-color TFT display for better information delivery, as on the Diavel.
Ducati will also display the rest of its 2012 model lineup at the EICMA show in Milan. Expect the 1199 Panigale to make it Stateside early in the spring with a starting price of a couple grand north of a fully-loaded S1000RR, at around $17,995 including traction control.