Less than a week after it was globally unveiled, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition has been launched in India at Rs 59.18 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Marking the end of the V-twin era for the litre-class superbike, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition can be booked for a token amount of Rs 10 lakhs.
To set it apart from the crowd, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition gets a unique tricolore paint scheme. It features the same chassis and Ohlins suspension setup as the 1199 Panigale R (the WSBK homologation special), but is powered by the 1299 Superquadro powerplant. The engine delivers 206bhp and 142Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission. It gets a lighter crankshaft and larger crank pin. The balancing pads are made out of tungsten while the conrods and the valves are made of titanium. The lightweight titanium Akrapovic exhaust also helps in weight saving.
As for the rider aids, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition features the best that Ducati has to offer - power modes, traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, engine braking and a quick-shifter. A six-axis IMU keeps a leash over all the electronics.
The replacement for the 1299 Panigale will feature a brand new V4 powertrain. Unlike the 1299 Superleggera, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition isn’t a limited edition bike, although we are sure that only a handful of examples would be allocated for the Indian market. It competes against the MV Agusta F4 RC and the Kawasaki Ninja H2R.