Ducati has taken the wraps off its special edition superbike – the 1299 Superleggera. Produced in a limited run of just 500 units, the 1299 Superleggera has a sticker price of GBP 72,000 (Rs 58.57 lakh).
Painted in a unique red and white dual tone livery that is reminiscent of the Desmosedici, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera makes use of carbon fibre for the chassis, subframe, swingarm and wheels to keep weight at bay. The 1285cc Superquadro L-twin engine has been tuned to deliver 215bhp. The engine breathes out through an Akrapovic titanium race-spec exhaust system.
Weighing just 167 kilograms, the 1299 Superleggera has one of the best power-to-weight ratios among the current generation of superbikes. To keep this power on a leash, the 1299 Superleggera also gets an updated electronics package. The six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) manages the rider aids like the traction control, slide control, launch control and cornering ABS. Suspension and braking hardware have been supplied by Ohlins and Brembo respectively.
The limited production run and its astronomical price make the Ducati 1299 Superleggera a very exclusive motorcycle. And even if you have the money to buy this bike, Ducati says that it has already sold all 500 units. Which means you might have to settle for the Panigale R or its rival – the MV Agusta F4 RC.