The New Ducati 1299 Panigale is Idiot-Proof
While we're no strangers to the electronic driver aids and nanny systems fitted to modern supercars to keep rich guys from wrapping them around trees, these systems aren't quite so common in the world of motorcycles. With a bike like the all new Ducati 1299 Panigale, however, the help of computers really is necessary both to make the most of its insane performance and to keep the shiny side up. The 1285 cc V-twin in the new 1299 Panigale makes 205 horsepower, ten more than the revolutionary 1199 Panigale that it replaces, and the bike has a dry weight of just 367 pounds. To harness that kind of performance, the 1299 features a number of systems to make it more usable, including one that adjusts the suspension in real time and can detect when you are in a lean to adjust the damping accordingly. RELATED: Custom Ducati Cafe Racer: Art on Two Wheels
To keep it going in a straight line, the computers also stiffen the rear suspension to improve grip when you exit a turn, and when you really open up the throttle, there's wheelie control to keep you from, well, doing a wheelie like that guy in the first picture.
The 1199 Panigale was already a game-changer, but this new 1299 really steps it up even further. Ducati hasn't given any details on performance specs, but expect them to be insane.
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