Ducati are undoubtedly one of the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world – both on the roads and in racing. They have enjoyed success within MotoGP, WSBK and BSB, using twin cylinder engines with a staggering 200bhp.
But Ducati have announced the end of an era – they are to stop making V-twin sports bikes altogether, and instead will focus on V4s which Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali says have been “derived from extensive experience in MotoGP.”
They have also announced that they will be producing a Final Edition of the 1299 Panigale R, which will cost buyers just short of £35,000. The beautiful machinery won’t be produced in limited numbers, but will be in special colours to mark the end of the V-twin era. Aspects of the 1299 Superleggera will be found within the Panigale R, including the lightened crankshaft, large titanium valves, revised air intake system and titanium con-rods. The exhaust will be a World Superbike style Akrapovic, with a slipper clutch and steering damper above passive Ohlins suspension at both ends.
The Final Edition livery was raced this weekend in Laguna Seca with the Aruba.it Ducati World Superbike team, and although it is incredibly sad that the iconic twin-cylinder engines will be no more, it’s time to look to the future.