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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale First Look Photo Gallery

Ducati broke wraps on its most technologically advanced superbike today, unveiling the 2012 1199 Panigale with its monocoque chassis and L-Twin engine serving as a stressed member of the frame in Milan, Italy. Read more in our 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale First Look.

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Ergos have been changed up on the 1199 Panigale thanks to a shorter reach to the handlebars which now sit up higher and out farther. It's longer swingarm has extended its wheelbase, too.
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The race-derived Superquadro pistons have a distinctive double-ribbed undercrown to achieve high strength and reportedly reduce friction by using minimal piston wall surface area.
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The 2012 Ducati superbike is offered in a standard 1199 Panigale version ($17,995), a 2012 Panigale S version ($22,995) or a spiffy red, white and green Tricolore rendition ($27,995).
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The new bore and stroke ratio of 1.84:1 increases rpm with the ultra-short stroke of the crankshaft and increases the cylinder area to enable increased valves diameters. Inlet valves have increased from 43.5 to 46.8mm and exhaust valves from 34.5 to 38.2mm.
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The Panigale's Thin Film Transistor screen automatically changes its display according to Riding Mode.
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Ducati rotated the top end of the signature 90-degree L backwards around the crankshaft which gives six-degrees more clearance on the front wheel.
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The 2012 1199 Panigale S Tricolore get up-spec Ohlins suspension, 3-spoke Marchesini wheehls, and a titanium racing exhaust.
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This is all the competition is going to see if they don't up their games, too.
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The 2012 1199 Panigale made its public debut today in Milan, Italy, ahead of the 2011 EICMA show.
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Introducing the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale.
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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale
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The 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale was voted most beautiful bike at the 2011 EICMA show in Italy.