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2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R

May 08, 2013

It’s Italian, it makes almost 200 horsepower — and it’s red. Does anything else really matter? The $31,995 Ducati 1199 Panigale R is the latest powerhouse superbike to leave Ducati’s Bologna factory, and it’s a sexy beast of a motorcycle.

Engineered to win races, the elegantly sculpted Panigale R’s exotic lines take inspiration from Ducati’s original and now classic 916 model, introduced in 1994. A snarling snout makes it look as angry as it sounds, and beneath its slender, shapely silhouette is a powerful, liquid-cooled 1,198 cc V-twin engine wrapped in an aluminum monocoque frame. This motorcycle is not for the faint of heart; it is capable of speeds approaching 320 km/h.



Electronic rider assistance systems include eight-levels of traction control, three power modes, three riding modes and adjustable ABS. Despite all of this electronic intervention, admission to this Italian instrument of two-wheeled extravagance should be reserved for expert riders only.Electronic rider assistance systems include eight-levels of traction control, three power modes, three riding modes and adjustable ABS. Despite all of this electronic intervention, admission to this Italian instrument of two-wheeled extravagance should be reserved for expert riders only.

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By: Costa Mouzouris

Photos: Ducati

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