Ducati unveiled the 959 Panigale at the ongoing India Bike Week 2016, but didn’t’ give a price. However, the price of Rs 14.04 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi NCR) was released later in the day.
With such a pricing, it is clear that the Italian manufacturer wants to keep the 959 Panigale quite attractive to the Indian consumers. In fact, this bike is priced Rs 60,000 more over the discontinued model – the 899 Panigale. And design wise, it won’t be a surprise if anyone calls it one the best looking motorcycles in its segment.
But the most interesting aspect of this motorcycle lies in its electronics, which we know is best in its class. It gets the proven Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Riding Mode technology including Ride-by-Wire, triple-stage Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). Mechanically, the Ducati 959 Panigale gets increase in power and torque. This 955cc twin--cylinder now produces 157bhp at 10,500rpm and 107Nm of maximum torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox which transfers power to the rear wheel with the help of the slipper clutch.
"We are very excited to bring the new super-mid Ducati Superbike to India. The Ducati 959 Panigale is the perfect balance between impressive design and breath-taking performance and it embodies Ducati’s premium sportbike culture," said Ravi Avalur, managing director, Ducati India.
The bookings for the Ducati 959 Panigale has already begun at all Ducati dealerships in India. However, deliveries will only begin in July. This motorcycle is a completely-built-up (CBU) unit imported from Ducati’s Thailand facility.