Last week at EICMA, Ducati introduced the 2017 1299 Superleggera, taking the world of road Supersport bikes to previously unheard of levels. The stunning model is the first ever factory bike to be equipped with a carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. The 1299 Superleggera is a gem of engineering, technology and performance. Simply put, no motorcycle manufacturer has ever produced a factory bike quite like it.
With the 1299 Superleggera, Ducati has taken its reputation for delivering off-the-scale style, sophistication and performance to the next level. The frame and swingarm, made entirely of carbon fiber just like the high-spec wheels, are unique to the 1299 Superleggera. The fairing – also made of carbon fiber – is another key element: but only one of many in an astounding bike that could only ever have been built by a manufacturer with racing in its DNA.
Underneath that carbon fiber skin lies the highest-performing version of the Superquadro. Thanks to its 215 hp, the desmodromic engine on the 1299 Superleggera is the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built; it incorporates the ultimate levels of Ducati technology.
What makes the 1299 Superleggera even more exclusive is the new electronics package which uses a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to manage the incomparable array of electronic controls. This system has allowed us to improve the Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) presented on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario thanks to the introduction of Ducati Slide Control (DSC), which ensures even higher out-of-the-corner performance. The 1299 Superleggera is also the first ever Ducati Superbike to be equipped with Ducati Power Launch (DPL) and also features the Engine Brake Control (EBC) seen on previous versions.
Keeping the explosive performance of the 1299 Superleggera under control is also a newly calibrated Bosch Cornering ABS system that ensures matchless braking in complete safety.
The 1299 Superleggera has the word ‘exclusive’ written all over it, even when it comes to the number being made: only 500 such bikes are to be built. Together with the motorcycle, purchasers get a track kit which includes a complete Akrapovič titanium racing exhaust, a racing screen, plate holder removal kit, kickstand removal kit, machined-from-solid mirror replacement plugs, front and rear paddock stands and a bike cover.
The Superleggera will make its US debut during the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif., to be held November 18th – 20th.
Watch Ducati unveil the 2017 1299 Superleggera
Take a quick walk around the 2017 1299 Superleggera at EICMA