Unabashed pure adrenaline succinctly defines the 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale. Named after the small city of Borgo Panigale, the third edition of the Italian superbike has already reached iconic status for road or track riding. It combines the iconic heritage of the Italian manufacturer with improved performance and plenty of innovation.
Consider the possibilities of the new Superquadro engine. The 357-pound machine matches 106.7 lb-ft of torque with a wowing 166mm bore to produce a jolting 205 horsepower. Its 1,285cc engine excels from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. There’s no more powerful or advanced two-cylinder engine. The Bosch Inertial platform is impressively stable thanks to state-of-the-art electronics. Even downshifting is precise and fast with the trademark Ducati Quick Shift.
Imagine a trek in the Las Vegas desert on a superbike with amazing control, the same machine used in World Superbike racing. The 1299 Panigale has the new safety and performance components, Ducati Wheelie Control (DTC) Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). The innovative features are more precise and engage faster. An automatic calibration system simplifies the driving ratio and changing tire sizes. Traction controls and riding modes and traction controls have been transferred to the new platform.
Agility remains a Ducati strength, but it’s further improved in the 1299 Panigale. The fork pivot is 4 millimeters lower, and the steering head angle on the monocoque chassis is set at 24 degrees. When you’re enjoying your day’s rental and exploring Las Vegas, the Ducati reputation will be omnipresent, particularly its signature handling and improved traction.
Beyond its improved performance and technology wizardry, the 1299 Panigale exudes design perfection. Its predecessor, the 1199 Pinwale, was honored with prestigious international design awards. The new version combines Ducati’s roots with its admired blueprint — practical, contemporary design.
Is there a more appropriate choice for a motorcycle enthusiast visiting Las Vegas? The 1299 Panigale has it all — style, performance, and innovation. It’s everything a motorcycle has to offer.