Ducati Panigale Series Overview

Ducati produce a wide range of bikes, but across all their vehicles they remain a premium brand. They focus hard on the performance of their bikes, and it shows.

The Panigale bikes are a series of sports motorbikes aimed at going as fast as possible around the race track. Here’s an overview of the series, starting at the very beginning.

1199 Panigale (2011-2014)

Named after Borgo Panigale where Ducati has its headquarters, this bike was introduced at the 2011 Milan Motorcycle Show as Ducati’s star superbike. At the time, it was claimed to be the most powerful twin-cylinder engine, with Ducati saying it had the highest power-to-weight ratio of a mass production bike. The 1299 Panigale replaced it. Variants included:

Panigale R

Panigale S Senna (2013) – Dedicated to F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna with proceeds donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna Charity.

1199 Superleggera

899 Panigale (2013 – 2015)

An 898cc sports bike built to replace the Ducati 848. At the time, it had state-of-the-art electronics, great handling, and was extremely quick. It was nicely placed between the smaller 600cc bikes and the faster superbikes, making it a great transition bike for less experienced riders.

959 Panigale (2016-2020)

This bike was built to replace the 899 Panigale and had a bigger 955cc engine. A number of the updates to the bike were to meet changes in emission and noise pollution laws. The chassis and engine were updated a bit to keep the 899 Panigale going a bit longer. The Panigale V2 is the successor to this bike.

1299 Panigale (2015-present)

This bike was the last Ducati V-twin engine superbike before they moved onto the V4 engine. It was designed to replace the 1199, which was physically hard work to ride and often intimidating for less experienced riders. The engine was actually more powerful than the 1199, but Ducati updated the electronics and improved the stability and ergonomics of the design to make the bike more user-friendly. Editions included:

R variant and R Final Edition

1299 Panigale S

1299 Superleggera

Panigale V4 (2018-present)

This bike has a 1,103 cc V4 engine designed to replace the V-twin 1299. Short runs of street-legal V4 motorbikes were the precursors of the new engine system in the Ducati Panigale series. The aim was to combine racing features with a bike suitable for all riders. It was the first large production bike to have a V4 engine fitted.

Like most sports bikes focused on racing, winning, and high performance, the Panigale V4 is updated frequently. For 2023, there were overall improvements to the electronics to enhance performance and make the bike easier for a wider range of riders.

Panigale V4 R – Developed and updated to be more race-focused and faster around the track.

Panigale V4 S – This version of the V4 also has new engine brake control software and gear-by-gear calibration to improve performance and ride.

Panigale V4 SP2 – More track-focused than the standard model and quicker on turns and stopping as it has carbon-fibre wheels.

Panigale V2 (2020-present)

More sports bike than superbike like the V4, the Panigale V2 is a more rounded machine to ride. It’s lighter and more agile than the V4, leading to a fun ride, particularly as it’s less work and will still go quickly. The bike has the same monocoque structure as the 959, which is very stable when thrown into corners and during hard braking. It is designed for going round the track, and the Ducati ABS system can actually handle the hard breaking where other ABS systems can fail.

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