There are few surprises in store from the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition since all the key details were accidentally leaked a couple of weeks ago.
As expected, the Panigale R Final Edition is a last-in-the-line version of the bike. It effectively gets the same engine specification as the terrifyingly-expensive 1299 Superleggera but at less than half the price.
Engine-wise, that means there’s a 1285cc twin making a claimed 209bhp at 11,000rpm. That’s a fraction less than the Superleggera’s claimed 215bhp, but Ducati puts the difference down to different dyno methods. Changes from the Superleggera engine include steel liners rather than alloy and a die-cast rather than sand-cast crankcase.
Compared to the stock 1299 Panigale, the engine gets a lighter crankshaft, bigger valves, new cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts. It’s also Euro4 approved, with much lower emissions than the previous Panigale. That means the engine is no longer living on borrowed time, and may remain on sale for the foreseeable future. The old Euro3-spec version can only be sold under special dispensation in Europe, since it meets outdated emissions limits.
One key to the lower emissions is the WSB-style twin exhausts, similar to those on the 1299 Superleggera, which is the only other 1299 derivative to meet the Euro4 limit. The smaller 959 Panigale also achieves Euro 4, albeit with an uglier exhaust pipe solution.
Chassis-wise, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition gets the same setup as the homologation-special Panigale R, with non-active Ohlins NIX30 forks at a rake of 24 degrees. An Ohlins TTX36 shock brings up the rear.
There’s the usual crop of electronics keeping the whole lot under control. A Bosch IMU is the key to the bike’s cornering ABS, wheelie control and traction control. There’s also engine brake control and a selection of riding modes including Race, Sport and Wet.
Colours are the expected red, white and green Tricolore, with the addition of red wheels. While Ducati says that the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition will be a numbered edition, the actual number to be built hasn’t been limited.
In the UK, the bike will cost £34,995. That’s around €40,000.