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Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition

Ducati released limited edition 2 wheeled 1199 Panigale S Senna, Ducati paid tribute to the legendary Brazilian Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna, who passed away 20 years back in May 1994.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition motorcycle has been produced in accordance with the Senna Foundation and would be sold exclusively to the Brazilian market in limited numbers. The 1199 Panigale S Senna would see a production number of 161 as a mark of honour signifying the number of F1 races Senna raced in. Also the livery combining colours of grey, black and red given to the motorcycle was chosen by the legendary driver himself when he visited the Ducati factory a few weeks before the ill-fated Imola Grand Prix in 1994.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition is not the first motorcycle paying homage to Senna. The very first bike from the Italian manufacturer was a Ducati 916SP named the “916 Senna I” finished in the same colour combination and offered in limited numbers of 300 units in 1995. Later in 1997 and 1998, two more special editions were announced by Ducati with the Ducati 916SP in similar livery called “916 Senna II” and “916 Senna III”.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition would be available for sale from June 2014 and come fitted with a race exhaust. Each motorcycle would have the production number inscribed on top of the fork clamp. Ducati has added another model to its Superbike range, the long awaited Ducati 1199 Panigale R. Asphalt Rubber was first to break the news on the “R” version of Borgo Panigale’s namesake, so it is fitting that we were one of the first publications to ride this homologation-special — taking part in Ducati’s international press launch at the new, and very technical, Circuit of the Americas race course outside Austin, Texas.

A purpose-built facility for the Formula 1 Championship, the Circuit of the Americas also has a ten-year contract with motorcycling’s premier class, the MotoGP Championship. This means three races will be held in the United States of America this year, which makes America MotoGP’s second-most visited countries in 2013. That distinction seems fitting, as the United States has also officially become Ducati’s number one market, not just for superbike sales, but in overall bikes sold.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale R comes to us a year after the original Panigale launch, and coincides with Ducati’s factory re-entry into the World Superbike Championship. Make no mistake, the purpose of the “R” machine is to give race teams a purpose-built racing platform that caters to the strict rule books of international racing, and thus caters not to the feedback of road-going consumers, but instead from the input of racers, and to a lesser-extent, motorcyclists with serious track day addictions.

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Ducati 916 Senna

The big enhancements of the Panigale R over its predecessors are actually pretty limited in number, and are comprised of a four-way adjustable swingarm pivot, titanium con-rods, a lightened flywheel (600 grams), a diamond-like-coating on the engine rockers, and 500 more revolutions per minute up top. Add in some carbon fiber, 15/41 tooth sprockets front and back, a race seat cover, a taller windscreen, a unique red livery, and the simple fact that the Ducati 1199 Panigale R is not only the most powerful motorcycle to come from Borgo Panigale (201+ hp with included race exhaust) but also the lightest (165 kg / 364 lbs dry).

Tech-spec paper racers, you can just top reading here. Fresh pants are in the closet.

Addressing the previously peaky power delivery of the Panigale, Ducati also coaxed some more midrange out of the Superquadro engine for the Panigale R, but in reality it is the revised ride-by-wire (RbW) programing, which above 3,000 rpm’s delivers significantly more fuel relative to throttle position on the handlebar, that accounts for the added grunt to the Panigale’s midrange — a modification that is being retrofitted to 2012 model year base model and “S” machines.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale R marks the fourth bike in Ducati’s arsenal to carry the “Panigale” name, making the superbike category a crowded space for the company’s flagship model. Getting a race exhaust, DDA+  data acquisition with GPS, a quick-shifter, electronically adjustable Öhlins suspension, and traction control, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R shares many features with the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore. With only a $2,000 price difference between the two machines, the Panigale R looks like a venerable bargain, with its engine modifications, when compared to the previous top-of-the-line model.

Similarly when compared against the Ducati 1199 Panigale S, the Panigale R again has an attractive allure, considering how many “S” owners will opt for the $3,500 full-exhaust system by Termignoni, and the bevy of Ducati Performance parts that come standard on the “R” model. With the engine and chassis options left to command only a few thousand dollars in a price premium, we have no trouble believing that Ducati will find owners willing to pay for the exclusivity of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R.

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