Ducati has unveiled the final curtain call to the Panigale range with the 1299 R Final Edition.
With the new V4 superbike on the way, this final Panigale is going out with a bang. Specs are seriously impressive, thanks to parts taken from the super-special Superleggera.
209 hp at 11,000 rpm and 104.8 lbft at 9000 rpm.
The Superquadro engine in the FE shares the same lightened crankshaft and tungsten balancing pads as the Superleggera along with the larger intake and exhaust valves. It’s also got the new clutch from the Superleggera and air-intake system with optimised intakes for each cylinder. The titanium Akrapovic exhaust with the high-level silencers finishes the job with a seriously lairy soundtrack.
END OF AN ERA
With the retirement of the v-twin configuration at the top of the Ducati range, it spells the end of a hugely successful racing career for Ducati twins in superbike racing. 330 WSBK wins in the last three decades is one hell of an achievement, alas the twin is no longer a competitive setup for the class.
The good news is this final edition is not limited, so you can write a cheque out for 39,900USD and stick one in your garage before they really are gone for good.
In 1926 Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno Cavalieri Ducati; founded Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna to produce vacuum tubes, condensers and other radio components. In 1935 they had become successful enough to enable construction of a new factory in the Borgo Panigale area of the city. Production was maintained during World War II, despite the Ducati factory being a repeated target of Allied bombing.
Meanwhile, at the small Turinese firm SIATA (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie), Aldo Farinelli began developing a small pushrod engine for mounting on bicycles. Barely a month after the official liberation of Italy in 1944, SIATA announced its intention to sell this engine, called the “Cucciolo” (Italian for “puppy,” in reference to the distinctive exhaust sound) to the public. The first Cucciolos were available alone, to be mounted on standard bicycles, by the buyer; however, businessmen soon bought the little engines in quantity, and offered complete motorized-bicycle units for sale.