The Italian iconic sports bike maker is back into news once again, just couple of days back this company was in headlines as it was taken over by famous German luxury car maker Audi. Ducati was on sale for a long time, and was looking for good buyers. They were many big companies in prominent buyer’s list, like, BMW, Volkswagen, Mahindra and Mahindra and Audi. Audi finally won the bid and are the proud owners of the Italian motorcycle brand. Now Ducati is back in news as they are planning to launch there next generation bike, Ducati 1199 Panigale, and there is some news information that this bike will also be making its way to India in future, but the exact date of the launch in India is not known yet.
This next generation superbike will be revealed at EICMA international motorcycle show which is to be held at Milan, later this year in November. Ducati 1199 Panigale has broken the tradition of Ducati by including a 1199cc engine capacity bike to its kitty. Ducati 1199 Panigale will be seen in action at 2012 FIM Superstock Championship, this superbike will also debut in World Superbike Championship in 2013. Ducati Team is sponsored by Diesel Company at MotoGP. If we look at the engine specification of this superbike, it has an engine displacement of 1199cc, with L-twin cylinder. The engine has the maximum power of 195 BHP with 10750 rpm, the maximum torque exerted by this next generation machine is 132Nm at 9000 rpm. This bike is fitted with 6 gear box with self- servo wet multiplate clutch.
Ducati 1199 Panigale is fitted with liquid cooled engine, and 17 liters capacity fuel tank. The bike weighs 188 kilograms. If we look at other specifications, in the front this bike is fitted with Marzochhi 50mm pressurized suspension and on the rear this bike is fitted with fully adjustable Sachs unit. If we look at the breaking system, Ducati 1199 Panigale is fitted with 2 X 330mm semi floating discs to the front wheel, and on the rear end the superbike is fitted with 245mm disc and 2 piston caliper. For additional safety this bike is fitted with stand alarm which beeps if the driver forgets to push back side stand. Ducati 1199 Panigale price in India is not known yet, but one thing is sure that this will be a high priced vehicle. Another Italian scooter manufacturing company Piaggio will be launching their Vespa model in India on April 26, 2012, so its Italians in news all the way in April. I recently shared that KTM Duke 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS.