2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R First Look

November 12, 2012
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled 1198cc L-Twin; 8-valves
Bore and Stroke: 112.0 x 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Marelli electronic fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate; Hydraulic actuation
Six-speed; chain final drive
Final Drive: Chain 15F/41R
Frame: Monocoque aluminum
Front Suspension: Ohlins 50mm inverted fork; 3-way adjustable for preload, compression and rebound; 5.0 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Ohlins gas-charged shock; 3-way adjustable for preload, compression and rebound; 5.12 in. travel
Front Brakes: 330mm discs with radial-mount Brembo four-piston M50 monobloc calipers
Rear Brake: 245mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Curb Weight: TBA
Wheelbase: 56.57 in.
Rake: 24.5 deg. / Trail: 3.94 in.
Seat Height: 32.48 in..
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
MSRP: $29,995
Colors: Red
Warranty: Two years unlimited mileage

Following its full redesign this season Ducati is releasing an ‘R’ super premium variation of its 1199 Panigale Superbike. The 2013 Panigale R is outfitted with a number of race parts for well-to-do riders looking to exploit performance at every turn.
The engine features titanium connecting rods and a lighter fly wheel that drops almost three pounds of reciprocating mass. This allows the already fast spinning and rev-happy engine to pile on revs even faster. The valvetrain also gets a special ultra-slippery DLC coating which allowed engineers to boost the rev limiter to 12,000 rpm—an astonishing high number for an big-bore 1198cc V-Twin.

Electronics-wise the R-spec machine uses updated engine and throttle mapping (just like the standard and ‘S’ model) in conjunction with the racing-style exhaust sourced from Termignoni. Ducati claims the pipe and mapping equate to a 3% increase in top-end power and a 15% increase through mid-range. Lower final drive gearing (15/41; two-tooth bigger rear sprocket) further enhances acceleration. The motorcycle comes standard with a multi-mode anti-lock brake system that can also be disabled if the rider so chooses.

Electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension is used just like the ‘S’ model, however this bike takes chassis set-up to the next level by allowing mechanics to alter the swingarm pivot angle based on track conditions or rider preference. To increase its aesthetics while simultaneously cutting weight, the bike is adorned in carbon fiber galore pushing the motorcycle’s dry weight down to just under 364 pounds. Additionally it gets a special seat cover fabric said to increase rear suspension and road feel.

Ducati’s GPS-enabled data acquisition system is also standard allowing the rider to better analyze their performance on the racetrack. The 2013 Panigale R will be available in red only at a cost of $29,995—that’s a 40% increase premium over the base model.