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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale First Look

Monday, November 7, 2011
The 2012 1199 Panigale S Tricolore get up-spec Ohlins suspension  3-spoke Marchesini wheehls  and a titanium racing exhaust.
Ducati has the reigning superbike horsepower champion, the BMW S1000RR, in its sights with the release of the 2012 1199 Panigale and its claimed 195 hp.
We’ve got a new contender in the superbike horsepower wars. Ducati broke wraps on its 2012 1199 Panigale Superbike today in a press conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. Touting gaudy performance numbers of 195 hp and a claimed dry weight of 361.5 pounds, Ducati’s new superbike is said to be the new benchmark in production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. If its peak output numbers, claimed to be 195 hp @10,750 rpm and 98.1 lb-ft torque @ 9000 rpm, ring true, it would better the reigning horsepower champion, the BWW S1000RR, which topped our 2011 Superbike Smackdown at a real-world 183.37 hp @ 13,100 rpm.

"Without doubt, this has been the most ambitious project in Ducati’s history and underlines our engineering excellence and ‘product emotion,’ an aspect of our brand which, in such a competitive market place, has become more important than ever. This motorcycle represents pure Italian style, the reference point for performance and a safety-enhanced, confidence-inspiring experience for our customers on road and track,” said Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio about the motorcycle’s launch.

The 1199 Panigale will utilize a new monocoque chassis which reduces parts, shaves weight and is designed to make the claimed 195 hp manageable. Moving away from the traditional Ducati trellis-style frame is a surprise departure that Ducati purists would never have expected so, like everyone else, we are eager to experience the new Ducati for ourselves. The engine is a stressed member of the frame, attaching to the aluminum monocoque frame at the cylinder heads. This section protrudes forward to house the steering head bearings and forms the airbox as a result. Integrating the 1199’s airbox into the frame is one of the factors Ducati claims helped reduce its latest superbike’s dry weight by 22-lb. The die-cast aluminum swingarm also attaches directly to the engine at the rear. The new swingarm is 39mm-longer than the one used on the 1198 which helped stretch its wheelbase to 56.6 inches. The aluminum rear sub-frame has been trimmed down and attaches directly to the engine while the front sub-frame is made of magnesium and attaches to the frame.
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. Ducati has the reigning horsepower champion  the BMW S1000RR  in its sights with the release of the 2012 1199 Panigale and its claimed 195 hp. 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.
(L) Besides the L-configuration and Ducati's signature Desmodromic valve control system, the 1199's Superquadro is a totally reconfigured engine. (M) The 2012 1199 Panigale S Tricolore get up-spec Ohlins suspension, 3-spoke Marchesini wheels, and a titanium racing exhaust. (R) Ducati rotated the top end of the signature 90-degree L backwards around the crankshaft which provided six-degrees more clearance for the front wheel.

The new Superquadro engine is claimed to be most powerful twin-cylinder in production. The Superquadro is named after its highly oversquare 112 X 60.8mm L-Twin. Besides its standard L-configuration and Desmodromic valve control system, Ducati started with a clean slate for the powerplant. 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 and allowed the front-to-rear bias to be skewed slightly to a 52% front bias. It also perfectly positioned the cylinder head attachments with the monocoque frame. The primary-drive and clutch casings, sump and cam covers are cast in magnesium alloy for weight savings. The crankcases use a shell main bearing for the crankshaft, a feature reserved for the Desmosedici RR engine up till now, while the top of the crankcase apertures have separate nikasil-coated aluminum wet-liners. Its inlet valves have been switched to titanium from steel and the diameters of both inlet and exhaust valves have increased, bumping up intake from 43.5 to 46.8mm while the exhausts are now 38.2mm, up from its previous 34.5mm measurement. The original belt-drive of the Desmodromic system has been replaced by a combined chain and gear-drive arrangement in order to control such large valves.

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. Its longer swingarm has extended its wheelbase  too.
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. A longer swingarm extends the wheelbase.
The transmission on the 1199 Panigale has been reworked, with bigger, stronger gears to go along with its wet, oil-bath clutch, similar to ones used on the Multistrada and Diavel. The clutch has a slipper function where its self-servo mechanism compresses the friction plates under engine drive.

The 2012 Panigale is the most sophisticated production Ducati superbike to date. Its list of high-end electronic rider aids includes the Ducati Riding Mode which oversees functions of the ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DCT), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC), and Ride-by-Wire throttle system. Even the full color Thin File Transistor display changes according to mode selection.

The 1199 Panigale sees the debut of Ducati’s Engine Brake Control system designed to improve stability when decelerating while it monitors throttle position, gear selection and crankshaft deceleration rate under heavy braking. The Ducati Quick-Shift used on the Panigale was first introduced on the 1198 SP and allows riders to keep the throttle open when rolling through gears, saving valuable time while keeping a steadier air flow to the throttle bodies.

The Ducati Riding Modes were introduced on the 2010 Multistrada and changes engine output and suspension set-up to pre-programmed parameters. Riders can choose between Race Mode, where they get unrestricted access to the Panigale’s 195 hp, to a Wet Riding Mode which drops horsepower to 120 and increases input from the DTC system. The Ducati Traction Control has eight levels of adjustment which controls wheel spin and interacts with the ABS. The combination of controls on the sophisticated 1199 allows riders to tailor the bike to their preferences at the push of a button based on road and weather conditions.

The Panigales Thin Film Transistor screen automatically changes its display according to Riding Mode.
The 1199 Panigale's Thin Film Transistor screen (TFT) automatically changes its display according to Riding Mode.
Ducati also talks highly of its Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen. The system, introduced last year in the Diavel, automatically changes its display according to the "Riding Mode" it’s in, attempting to give optimum clarity as it adjusts for varying light conditions. It also switches what’s displayed on the readout, putting vehicle speed in the center of the display when set in “Road” and “Wet” riding conditions, while moving the onboard lap timer to the center of the display in “Race” mode.

The standard 1199 Panigale features a new 50mm Marzocchi fork which uses a pressurized damping system to reduce the amount of oil and shave off valuable ounces. The 1199 Panigale S and Tricolore get up-spec Ohlins units front and rear as part of the Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) system. The 43mm Ohlins NIX30 fork is electronically adjustable for compression and rebound damping and comes with an adjustable steering damper. The rear features an Ohlins TTX36 shock with separate damping adjustment in compression and rebound.

The 1199 does get a new generation of Brembos to scrub off the speed on the front. The Brembo Monobloc M50 calipers are ultra-compact and help reduce unsprung weight by a claimed 0.5 kg. The new M50’s are aimed at delivering higher rigidity and resistance to fade during extreme braking. ABS is optional on the 1199 Panigale and 1199 Panigale S but comes standard on the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.

This is all the competition is going to see if they dont up their games  too.
This is all the competition will see of the new Ducati 1199 if they don't up their games in the superbike realm, too.
The reconfigured engine and new frame allowed Ducati to switch up ergos on the 1199. The seat-to-handlebar measurement is now 1.18-in. shorter, the bar is set 0.39-in higher bar and sits out 1.26 in. wider. Ducati is banking that now more than ever the 1199 Panigale will provide “a riding sensation that is closer than ever to a full race bike.”

The 2012 Ducati superbike will be available in three versions – 1199 Panigale, 1199 Panigale S and 1199 Panigale S Tricolore. With the Ducati 1199 Panigale S, owners get the aforementioned electronically adjusted Ohlins suspension system with a 43mm NIX30 fork and TTX36 rear shock. The “S” package also gets different 3-spoke Marchesini wheels and comes with an “Aero kit,” consisting of two lateral attachments for the top section of the fairing which have been designed to further enhance aerodynamic penetration and reduce its drag coefficient.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore comes with a titanium racing muffler from Ducati Performance and a special red, white and green tricolore paint job. It also comes with the new generation DDA+, a data analysis package with a lap timer and other racer-related functions. The 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale comes with a two-year warranty and costs $17,995; the "S" version lists for $22,995; while the Tricolore goes for $27,995.
Read more details in our 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Specifications.
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Introducing the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Engine: Superquadro L-Twin, liquid-cooled 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic
Displacement: 1198cc
Bore/Stroke: 112 X 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Power: 195hp @ 10.750 rpm
Torque: 98.1 lb-ft @9000 rpm
Fuel Injection: Mitsubishi EFI, Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
Frame: Monocoque aluminum
Wheelbase: 56.57 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.5-degrees/3.94 in.
Steering Angle: 54-degrees
Front Suspension: Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd fork
Front Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 3.50” X 17”
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit, adjustable linkage.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.12 in.
Rear Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 6.0” X 17”
Rear Tire: 200/55 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front Brake: Dual 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc
M50 4-piston calipers, ABS optional
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Dry Weight: (claimed) 361.5 lb. (wet – 414.5 lb.)
Seat Height: 32.48 in.
Ducati Electronics: DTC, DQS, EBC, Riding Modes
Warranty: Two Year unlimited mileage
MSRP: $17,995
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levi   April 2, 2012 11:27 AM
demo if you can't see this is an amazing bike then your reading this with your eyes closed. BTW according to this dyno sheet in my hand, my us spec 2011 zx10r puts out 180.6 hp at the rear wheel. reflash and graves pipe.
Duke1968   December 13, 2011 09:53 PM
I worked as Service Mgr at a Ducati store for over 2 years. We also sold Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki products. I've ridden all the litre class bikes from the above brands and of course their smaller brethren and hands down, by far the Ducs are head and shoulders above anything from Japan as far as handling, braking and even power are concerned. Up until riding the many Ducati's I've been lucky enough to ride my favorite handling bike was the RC51 but even the ancient 916 was a better handling machine. Sure, top end power and torque of the GSXR is a thrill to be sure but riding a Ducati is like riding a razor blade, so sharp and precise and willing to do whatever you as rider can think of and to be honest they're really not that much more expensive, especially for a hand built exotic. As far as reliability goes, I saw no more problems with Ducati than any of the Japanese brands and far, far less than Yamaha and as a company, Ducati stand behind their products even when out of warranty unlike any of the other 3. As far as I'm concerned, Ducati motorcycles are a steal and I see no reason the Panigale will be any different.
JRocketLawrence   November 20, 2011 11:01 AM
I can't bash on Kawasaki as my first love was my fathers ZX-7R built for AMA Superbike back in the olden days of 750 Inlines and 1000 twins and my current scoot being a striped down Ninja, great machines all, but to compare them is an apples and oranges affair. I have owned a 900SS and keep company with Ducati owners all who love their bikes and neither I nor them complain about reliability problems, but it must be said that you don't buy a Ducati because Sport Rider or any other publication told you so. The fit and finish of the bikes is superior, the deviation from the conventions of the big four gives it character, and the price (which I believe is justified due to craftsmanship, materials cost, and low production numbers) helps maintain exclusivity and no matter what any of the Fanboys say, Not only do most of us want something unique when we show up to "bike-night" but we sport riders want a performer as well and Ducati's have been solid performers for the last two decades in all classes of Road Racing so you can't discount performance either. So it's all up to personal preference, my buddy loves the look and performance of R1's, has since their introduction, he had the credit score and a good job, he could have bought a 20k Ducati if he wanted but bikes are personal and he wanted an R1, so he bought one of the New Cross-Plain inline 4 models for around 13/14k and loves it to death. Me on the other hand, I in most cases prefer euro bikes and when I make my next purchase will prob spend a 3-6K more on a Ducati Panigale. What I think is interesting about this particular Ducati is that I don't the shootout and reviews will Include any buts, Ducati has built a twin I believe will outperform the inlines not only in the areas normally dominated by lighter/thinner and more torque laden twins such as flickability, corner speed, and drive out of the corner, but also in areas normally reserved for inlines such as acceleration and straightaway speed. I'm looking forward to finding out for sure, but I say again motorcycles, like clothes, are personal, and if you prefer a Japanese Inline or can't justify the cost of a Eurobike more power to you, but don't judge those of us who can because its all bench racing until rubber meets the road, and when it comes down to it superbikes are so close in performance, the better rider take its every time.
Englandboy   November 19, 2011 04:10 PM
Hope you all don't mind me chipping in from England regarding the new 1199. I have just returned from our bike show in Birmingham where I have just seen and touched the new Panigale. I have a deposit on a new 1199 to be delivered in March/April 2012. I had to see it before I confirmed my spec. Boys, I can tell you this thing is like nothing I have seen before. Very angry. High at the back end and looks like someone has stolen the pipes. It is going to look like your going fast even if you ride like a Nancy. (Which I sometimes do by the way). I cannot wait to get on it. Very exiting machine but not beautiful in a normal Ducati sense. To Demo, I say this....I have owned a 1198, I still own a new version Multistrada which I have toured Europe on. Not a single problem or hint of trouble. I also own a MV F4 1078rr which is stunning, un-rideable and has been on the workbench, up and down more times than a hoars draws. It has got to go as soon as I find a passing mug to buy it. I find it strange that people think nothing if someone owns a $50k BMW car and yet get classed as a rich boy for owning a couple of Ducati"s worth half that. Live and let live guys. That's what America is famous for. Strive for it rather than resent it.
themountain   November 15, 2011 05:55 AM
Wow..just drooled all over my keyboard!
Iam not a big fan of sport/track bikes but that thing is SEXY!!
R1Boogeyman   November 14, 2011 11:36 AM
Great looking bike, but lets be honest 30k is a lot of money for a piece of machinery that doesnt have much intimidation factor. Come on guys we all ride sport bikes, wether its the canyons or the track, do you really freak out when you see someone on a Ducati show up?? NO. You do however get intimidated on what rider shows up. It doesnt really matter what he's riding its the rider himself that makes the difference. Thats why the sportbike world is such a difficult market. In my opinion if you cant sell a great bike at competitive prices then whats the point?? Now youre just selling the name and image, and again 30k is a lot for just that.
TricoloreOwner   November 14, 2011 08:46 AM
Hey Demo - Take your 210 ZX10 on the track with me. When you tank trying to keep up with other than the straights you'll see the diff. Based on your expert knowledge maybe you'll get lucky and I'll break down.

As far as cost - Yes it's a lot of money by any standards. But if you have a passion and connection to Ducati you make it happen. Sell the second car, dog, kids.. what ever it takes. OK maybe not the kids but you can charge them rent.

In all seriousness - this is the biggest thing to come out of Ducati in 30Yrs. Not everyone will buy in or have a connection with this bike but for the ones that do $30,000 for a bike that will go down in history will be well worth it.
Glen   November 11, 2011 06:59 AM
Way to soon to write a check.
Kpandinu   November 11, 2011 05:27 AM
Hi screamer69 i think it puts out more to the rear wheel. My 1198 with full system leo vince and a power commander is 167,25 and originally is was 169 at the crack so as stock it should do more i think stock it will be 180 to 185bhp at the back wheel if i take mine as an example it was 10bhp less at the rear wheel (stock)
Kpandinu   November 11, 2011 05:25 AM
Some people i still living in the past. Ducati use racing components in there bikes so yes you have to do this service as stipulated but please do not compare Ducati with the baby buggies like your zx10. 99% he never ridden one. one last point people who can't reach the fruit while it's hanging on a tree say that the fruit is not good just so that they do not admit that they can't get that (the original Maltese saying is Mien ma jilhaqx il frotta jejt li hi qarsa) . I am not rich and i have a Ducati 1198s Corse where i live i payed taxes on my bike more then you can think off and i still got it with hard work.
odduc1098   November 10, 2011 09:00 AM
With all due respect to "demo" and others that believe urban myths and legends. My 2008 1098 has 43k on the odo, I commute on it every day (shine or occasional rain in Arizona) and it has done 8 track days (#9 will be Firebird main track on 11/12/11). I've ridden the bike to Laguna for the GP race the last 3yrs, with side trips (on average 2400 miles/trip), longest day last year 12hrs in the seat running around hills north of LA. Other than exhaust, she's all original so I don't get the reliability or comfort complaints you constantly hear about. Other than normal maintenance nothing unusual, I put a clutch in at 26k due to drive tang wear (not slipping). She's gone through the original Perelli's, 3 sets of 2CT's, and one set of Pilot Roads, she's on BT03's for this weekends track day (should be good fun). BTW, I'm 54yrs old and little overweight, had multiple surgeries on rt wrist and knee (old MC accidents while racing), and typically ride at the top of the "B" group and occasionally get moved up to the "A" group depending on who shows up. So I think I'm more representative of the reality of Ducati reliability than a magazine that rides them for a few months. Last, even at my tired old age I can't wait to lay down the monies to get one of these new 1199's!!!!
GrayFox117   November 9, 2011 11:22 AM
Ducati makes the sexy-ist sport bikes eva!!
jprice   November 9, 2011 08:54 AM
That's dead sexy!~
Superlight   November 8, 2011 09:49 PM
You get what you pay for...
Rucuss54   November 8, 2011 08:28 PM
This bike is way ahead of the S1000rr or ZX10R, the power to weight ratio is incredible. Wet clutch...finally. Hefty price though.
Piglet2010   November 8, 2011 06:27 PM
Interesting that an Italian bike is using Mitsubishi instead of Magneti Marelli fuel injection. As for how the real world performance works out, that's why we will have the MotoUSA 2012 "Superbike" shoot-out in a couple of months, eh?
Thewall67   November 8, 2011 11:13 AM
This bike is gorgeous. Even if it "only" makes 170hp that would be incredibly impressive for a twin and beyond respectable for even an inline 4. And 361 dry? If it weight 30 more lbs wet that will be great for a "liter" class bike and good for even a 600cc bike. I like seeing Ducati break away from tradition and using the aluminum monocoque chassis. There are a lot of innovative design features here and it is nice to see a company willing to take the risks that go with it. Hopefully it performs all around. Ambitious project to say the least.

Demo my man, get into the new century. Ducati's have been rock solid for years now. Rich man's toy? More like well off man's toy. Sure, so what? Ducati is a tiny shop compared to the big four and they have to cover their bills. Paying for all of this R&D through motorcycle sales and Ducati paraphernalia is impressive and to be commended. They aren't selling cars, snowblowers, power tools, generators, etc. adnd subsidizing the cost of the motorcycle manufacturing and R&D. Nothing wrong with that either. For the excess cost they've created a unique, awe inspiring, gorgeous, competitive bike. For those who can afford the extra dollars and want it, it is great it is there. Be happy you live in a world of choices.
leward18   November 7, 2011 11:56 PM
Ducati delivers once again in making me want a bike I really don't need. But "need" never matters when it comes to motorcycles.
luv2spd   November 7, 2011 05:37 PM
I have no idea how Ducati managed to make this bike even cooler than the 1198, looks amazing and angry. As far as the Euro spec Kawasaki is concerned demo, you can reflash the ECU for $450 to get 15 rear wheel horsepower to match the BMW's 175rwhp. I wish I had the money for this bike and the new EBR 1190RS.
Superlight   November 7, 2011 05:23 PM
Really, Demo? So my 1999 Ducati 900 SS doesn't have over 26,000 trouble-free miles on it? With the exception of replacing the clutch plates at 21,000 miles, the ride has been great. Ducati reliability is not an issue.
demo   November 7, 2011 04:06 PM

but i prefer zx10r over this anytime.

sad that america doesnt get euro spec zx10r with 210 horsepower.

really sad.

if you look for show-bike for rich boys,

i would go for MV agusta f4 rr.

DUCATI has No Reliability guys.

neo1piv014   November 7, 2011 02:57 PM
I don't know about the rest of the bike, but that dash is the first all digital unit that I'm actually okay with. Actually, this is probably one of the first Ducs I've ever seen that I really wanted. Absolutely gorgeous piece of work.
screamer69   November 7, 2011 01:45 PM
i'll bet it pumps out about 165-170 actual hp at the rear wheel...