2016 Ducati 959 Panigale

2016 Ducati 959 Panigale
MSRP $15,295

The 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale saw engineers beef up bottom-end and mid-range by increasing piston stroke 3.6mm to 60.8mm, netting a 57cc displacement increase. New exhaust pipes, and associated fuel/ignition mapping complement the set-up, and also meet the stricter Euro 4 emission standards. The 959 claims 157 horsepower and nearly 80 lb-ft of torque at the crank. The chassis and suspension are the same as its 899 predecessor, but the body panels see a few aesthetic tweaks highlighted by a wider front snout, with bigger air intake scoops. The tail section and rear view mirrors were also re-shaped and the junior Panigale also benefits from a more grippy set of machined aluminum footpegs. Standard electronics include eight-way adjustable traction, three-way engine brake control, as well as multi-mode ABS. Pricing starts at $14,995 with the pictured Arctic White Silk 959 Panigale priced at $15,295.

The 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale

Ducati 959 Panigale

2016 Ducati 959 Panigale First Ride Review

More bang for the buck: Ducati bumps up displacement and performance on its 959 Panigale Superbike. MotoUSA gives it a shakedown test from Valencia, Spain.

Model959 Panigale
Engine TypeL-Twin, eight-valve, Desmodromic
Engine Displacement955cc
Bore Stroke100.0 mm x 60.8 mm
Compression Ratio12.5:1
Fuel System4.5 gal.
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveChain
Rake Trail24° / 3.78 in.
Seat Height32.48 in.
Wheelbase56.7 in.
Front SuspensionShowa 43 mm inverted fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.72 in. travel
Rear SuspensionSachs gas-charged shock with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 5.12 in. travel
Front Brake320 mm discs with radial-mount Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers w/ ABS
Rear Brake245 mm disc with single-piston caliper and ABS
Front TirePirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70-17
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 180/60-17
Fuel Capacity
Dry Weight440 lbs. (Wet) (Claimed)

2016 Ducati 959 Panigale First Look

The Panigale family continues to grow, quite literally with Ducati, again expanding the engine capacity of its “Supermid” and more entry-level (if you can call it that) 959 Panigale Superbike.