Ducati Panigale

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The Panigale first made its debut in 2011, as the title for Ducati’s new halo bike – the 1199. A ground-up reinvention of the 1048, the 1199 was going be the face of Ducati for years to come. It was a big moment for Ducati, and so a new name was in order. And what better name than Panigale! The name holds a special place in the Italian marque’s history. It is in Borgo Panigale, a small town in Bologna, Italy, that the Ducati brothers, Adriano, Bruno and Marcello, began building the first ever Ducati Factory back in 1935. Borgo Panigale has been the home of the marque ever since. The 1199 Panigale was built around the aluminium version of the ‘frameless’ monocoque chassis that underpinned the Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP race machine. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it!? On paper, it was like giving customers a real taste of what a MotoGP rider experiences. However, Ducati’s MotoGP campaign wasn’t in its best shape back then. The GP11 was seen as an ‘unrideable’ machine which almost destroyed Valentino Rossi’s career. And the carbon fibre monocoque chassis was seen as the culprit behind the team’s dismal performance. However, with the aluminium construction, Ducati claimed to have solved the problems the GP11 was facing, albeit with additional weight. Then in 2013, Ducati used this moniker for its new middleweight plus bike – the 899 Panigale. A successor to the 848, the 899 Panigale used the same Superquadro engine architecture as the 1299 and it turned out to be a commercial success in Europe. Meanwhile the ageing 1199 Panigale was replaced by the 1299 Panigale in 2015. The 1299 Panigale marked another milestone for the company, as the first production Ducati bike to whizz past the magical 200bhp mark. At its heart was a rebored version of the 1199 Panigale’s L-twin engine displacing 1285cc. It also featured a comprehensive electronics package. The 899 Panigale was then replaced by the 959 Panigale. Now called a ‘supermid’, the 959 Panigale is closer to the litre-class superbikes than it ever was. And its affinity to the 1299 wasn’t limited to the moniker. It borrowed a significant chunk of the styling cues, greasy bits and tech wizardry from the flagship superbike. As of now, the 959 is the most performance focussed L-twin powered bike in the company’s role. Now that might sound strange, because there is no way a supermid can eclipse the 1299 Panigale. So what happened to the 1299 Panigale? Well, it fell victim to the stringent Euro 4 emission norms. Ducati gave up on the development of the L-twin engine, and switched to a new chapter with the Stradale engine, featuring a new V4 architecture. The new bike was christened Panigale V4 and made its debut at the 2017 EICMA Show in Italy. It follows the same design language, but with a 90-degree V4 heart that produces 214bhp. As of now, the Panigale range in India consists of the 959 and the 1299 Final Edition, a farewell to the great Superquadro engine.

Ducati Panigale Reviews

  • 2019 BikeWale Trackday: Ducati Panigale V4

    2019 BikeWale Trackday: Ducati Panigale V4

    While I am sure most of our well informed readers might already know this, still I shall begin by saying that the Ducati Panigale V4 is one of the most powerful, road-legal superbike in the world and it is also the first ever production Ducati to use to use a 4-cylinder engine. Read more
  • 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S Track Ride Review

    2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S Track Ride Review

    Welcome to Sepang. And welcome to our track ride review of what is a truly special motorcycle. This is the Ducati Panigale V4 S, and it is one of those rare two-wheeled machines that make you feel like you are a much better rider than you actually are!  Read more
  • Ducati 959 Panigale Track Review

    Ducati 959 Panigale Track Review

    This is the new Ducati 959 Panigale. It is priced at around Rs 14 lakh ex-showroom, only comes in red (in India), and is here to make you feel a bit awful about buying the Triumph Daytona 675, R or otherwise. It also replaces Ducati’s previous sub litre-class sports offering the 899 Panigale, and even though the 959 Panigale might not look... Read more

User Reviews

  • Ducati 959 Panigale

    4.9 (13 reviews)
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      I had a great experience when i got this bike for the first time and a wonderful first ride. I...

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      Ya!! this is a amazing bike, in look, in personality, in everything, but this bike height is just too...

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  • Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

    4.8 (8 reviews)
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      This was a god for all sports bike I owned this bike before couple of months and I love this...

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      This was a god for all sports bike I owned this bike before couple of months and I love this bike very...

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  • Ducati Panigale V4 [2018-2019]

    4.6 (5 reviews)
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      This bike was fantastic this is my dream bike i read the review of this bike all things are...

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      This bike was fantastic this is my dream bike i read the review of this bike all things are fantastic...

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  • Ducati Panigale V4 S [2018-2019]

    4.4 (3 reviews)
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      This bike is just a little bit price .Bike is good for racing but not for cruising. The look...

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      The bike is crazy , it looks gorgeous, the best part is it had a lot of low end torque cuz of v4 set up....

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