Ducati‘s new 1199 Panigale superbike will be powered by the most extreme engine ever seen in a production motorcycle.
Technical details have been released of the all-new, 90-degree V-twin motor which will not only provide the bike‘s motive force but also constitute the core element of the monocoque chassis. The lengths Ducati has gone to in order to produce huge power and exceptionally light weight are unprecedented.
The output of 192bhp (195PS, 143.5kW) at 10,750rpm is a match for Kawasaki‘s four-cylinder ZX-10R and slightly higher than the claimed figures for BMW‘s benchmark S1000RR, yet this is achieved with a twin-cylinder engine, which engineering convention says should not produce as much power as a four.
The peak torque figure is a massive 97.6lb.ft (13.5kgm, 132.4Nm) at 9,000rpm, a huge 14.6lb.ft (2kgm, 19.8Nm) more than the S1000RR.
For a full and detailed technical appraisal and more pictures, see Ducati Panigale Engine Tech.
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